Marijuana Legalization Supporters are gearing up for a 2010 fight...

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The Marijuana Legalization Movement is preparing itself for its first legitimate attempt at the full legalization of marijuana.  Activist are canvassing the state of California, gathering enough signatures to ensure that as many as three Marijuana Legalization measures make their way to California's 2010 election ballot.  These measures, even the most Conservative of the lot, all would allow for the possession of marijuana to be decriminalized for adults aged 20 and up (just like alcohol).  The measures would also allow for the legal cultivation (in no more than a five foot by five foot garden, keeping the number of growing plants under 100, well below the DEA's radar).


Polls in the state show that public support for legalization of marijuana has increased, boasting the support of six out of ten Californians in recent Zogby polls.  In 1996, marijuana enthusiasts used a similar tactic, taking the vote to the California people in order to make marijuana legal in California for medicinal purposes.  But despite the happy, pro-democracy ending that heeding to the cries of the people would bring to the anti marijuana prohibition movement in California, getting the bill(s) passed legislatively is one thing.  Getting the Federalies to play along is another thing entirely.


dea-raidSadly, even with the shifts in public perception over the plant (and its legality), in the eyes of the Government, marijuana is still illegal... no matter what state laws claim.


While President Obama's Attorney General, Eric Holder, has stated for the record that the Federal Government would "defer to state laws [and regulations]" in regard to marijuana prosecution, the DEA still routinely kick in the doors and shut down legally operating (as per California law) marijuana dispensaries.  Not to mention that during a recent raid of a grow site in the foothills of California's Sierra Nevada mountains, US Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske boasted that legalization "...was not in the President's vocabulary", let alone his.  This leads many to think that the passing of state laws legalizing marijuana (as well as keeping state law enforcement resources from being applied to federal raids) might lead to fund withholdings until the state complies with Federal Law (and before you go freaking out about State's rights, the US Supreme Court has ruled that federal law enforcement agents have the right to crack down on marijuana users and distributors who are in compliance with California's medical marijuana law.)


medical_marijuana_dea_raid5Despite the tough talk from the Federal Law Enforcement officials unhappy with these grassroots attempts to change unfair laws, the future looks good for the legalization of marijuana.  It is possible that by the end of 2010, 40% of American states will have marijuana legalized for medicinal purposes.  A recent national poll (also from Zogby) has 52% of Americans favoring the legalization and taxation of cannabis, up from 25% ten years ago.  Socially, people are tiring of watching overworked law enforcement officers spending more time searching (and arresting) harmless marijuana offenders (who usually are brought in for mere possession... a finable offence in the vast majority of states I might add) as opposed to keeping a better eye on the pedophiles and sexual criminals the laws command them to.  It is my personal belief that the success of movements in California (where they intend to legalize it completely), Boston, Massachusetts (where they decriminalized possession of marijuana, but kept the distribution illegal, thus keeping the pot market underground), and Colorado (where marijuana possession is a laughably low fine and marijuana laws are regarded as a low police priority) showing that an accepting view of marijuana will not cause a society to fall into bedlam.  It will also help if they see the wheelbarrow of taxes the state of California is going to bring in through the legal distribution of marijuana...


Keep your head up folks... it won't be long now...

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