Pot Law Changes Won’t Stop With Washington

marijuana-leaf-e1379917504150.jpgOregon has long been on the leading edge of the decades-long push to loosen marijuana laws. It was the first state to decriminalize small-scale marijuana possession in 1973 — a step that’s been taken in more than a dozen other states. Marijuana use remains illegal, but possession of a small amount of the drug is punished with a citation and fine rather than a criminal charge. Oregon was also among the first states to approve medical marijuana.

Alaska may seem like an unlikely place to follow the lead of liberals in Colorado and Washington, but the state’s libertarian electorate may provide a good look at how a different breed of voters will respond to marijuana legalization.

It’s early, but proponents have a big head start on fundraising and organization, led by the Marijuana Policy Project based in Washington, D.C.

Marijuana legalization failed in Alaska in 2000 and 2004, but advocates say the landscape has changed markedly since then.  Maybe because a lot of people are aware what marijuana can positively do to treat epilepsy and even treat cancer as well as well as other diseases.

To read more, visit http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-07-09/whos-next-pot-changes-wont-stop-washington

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