Cannabis Legalization Happening Nationwide?


As the states of Washington and Colorado recently legalized Cannabis, it appears that it might possibly be gradually happening nationwide. More than half of the states, including a few in the south that might be considered among the more conservative ones in the country, are now thoroughly examining the possibility of legalization, either for a strictly medical or potentially even recreational use. The battle over whether Cannabis should be as accessible as alcohol has thus gotten some propelling momentum.

As it has reportedly been demonstrated that cannabis is no longer solely a recreational drug, but also of value to the health sector, the two states that perhaps appear to be most likely to follow Washington and Colorado in a full legalization are Alaska, a stronghold of libertarian Republicans and Oregon, where liberal Democrats are the dominant voice of authority.

Spokesmen of a slightly more flexible approach to the restriction of cannabis laws have announced that they intend to make use of the momentum from achieved success, inspired by the statewide and national polls demonstrating greater acceptance from the public to proceed with cannabis legalization. On top of that, President Obama’s recent contemplation on the discriminatory effect of prosecutions in cannabis related cases, as well as his Treasury Department’s release of guidelines put forth to give leeway to the banks conducting business interactions with legal cannabis companies, appears to further fuel their cause.

That being said, their opponents, for whom this is also considered a fundamental year, are just as persistent in their efforts to slow down the process of legalization. They seem empowered by a wait-and-see attitude shared by many legislators and governors, who appear to be reluctant to proceed too quickly, without a clear outcome having been demonstrated by the legal cannabis ventures of Washington and Colorado.

Kevin A. Sabet, executive director of Smart Approaches for Marijuana, is reported to have stated that they believe that if Alaska and Oregon could be stopped, it would derail the entire argument that these groups have, that legalization of Cannabis is inevitable. Sabet, who’s among the leading figures in the effort to end these initiatives, further added that the pro-cannabis momentum can be stopped, seemingly before a nationwide legalization happens.

Despite the fact that Cannabis is still a prohibited drug under federal law, the Obama administration has announced that it will avoid all interference with the states’ initiatives to pursue legalization of cannabis for a vast amount of reasons, including the state’s ability to successfully restrict minors’ access to the drug.

Several states have already initiated a pursuit to legalize the drug, while others seem more reluctant as they patiently await the outcome in the states of Washington and Colorado. Opponents of the advancements of legal cannabis are gradually mobilizing all across the country in their efforts to reverse the process, carefully observing Colorado for any potential problems that might fuel their argument. Sabet further states that he considers it a possible blessing that legalization became a reality in a few states, assured that it will turn to fuel his cause. Though it might seem as a fragile topic to be pampering with during election year, in the eyes of some politicians, it still appears that there might be a will among the majority for legalization of cannabis to happen nationwide.

By Halldor Fannar Sigurgeirsson

The Washington Post
NY Times

6 Responses to "Cannabis Legalization Happening Nationwide?"

  1. dennis   April 17, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    I wish I could know how soon cannabis will be rescheduled from its current schedule 1 status. I am hopeful that the current administration will make this decision within this month if not then by the end of this year. Such reform is going to be for the benefit of all U.S citizens: suffering patients, traumatized war veterans, and even police forces and even the DEA! I say it will be if it the later two because it will force them to use their resources in more necessary areas.

  2. Stack   March 3, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    I would imagine that it would be Big Pharma as well as the private prison industry would be the two most vocal opponents. Although the paper industry stands to lose if Hemp became legal as well. Just my 2 Cents.

  3. Brian Kelly B Bizzle   March 2, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    There is absolutely no doubt now that the majority of Americans want to completely legalize marijuana nationwide. Our numbers grow on a daily basis.

    The prohibitionist view on marijuana is the viewpoint of a minority of Americans.. It is based upon decades of lies and propaganda.

    Each and every tired old lie they have propagated has been thoroughly proven false by both science and society.

    Their tired old rhetoric no longer holds any validity. The majority of Americans have seen through the sham of marijuana prohibition in this day and age. The number of prohibitionists left shrinks on a daily basis.

    With their credibility shattered, and their not~so hidden agendas visible to a much wiser public, whats left for a marijuana prohibitionist to do?

    Maybe, just come to terms with the fact that Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that’s approaching much sooner than prohibitionists think and there is nothing they can do to stop it!

    Legalize Nationwide!…and Support All Marijuana Legalization Efforts!

  4. Halldor Fannar Sigurgeirsson   March 2, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    I might actually dig further into that since you pointed it out. However, I’ll leave the entire debate up to you guys, the readers. Thank you so much for the read and the comment. I appreciate it a lot, sir, thanks you.

    • Dr. Beth Fisher   March 5, 2014 at 7:25 am

      While leaders are “debating” this issue, American patients are already enacting change at the state and national level.

  5. rick charlson   March 2, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    I wish you would have included why the intense opposition from “the establishment”…is it collusion? Who stands to lose the most with removal of pot to Sch 3? Big pharma, medical practitioners, wall street, DEA, independent prison owners… all of whom lobby Washington.

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