Subscribe Now

travelers today

Home » Trending News

In 2014, Expect to See These States Legalize Marijuana

Travelers Today      

Updated: Feb 03, 2014 09:24 AM EST

Text Size: A A A

Tags
Derek, Schroeder, medical marijuana, Legalization, Oregon, Arizona, Alaska
End Prohibition
Oregon, ALaska, Arizona to legalize Marijuana(Photo : Flickr/ Sarah Thomas)

 

As Colorado's weed market gets underfoot and politicians battle year after year to balance the budget deficit, it seems inevitable that more and more states are taking cue and ending the decades long prohibition on reefer. And it makes sense. Our "war on drugs" is an utter disaster and the majority of Americans believe that pot is not a dangerous, uncontrolled substance. Here' a look at the next 3 states that have a signigicant chance to fully legalize pot in 2014.

Share This Story

1. Oregon

The only reason Oregon didn't pass their ballot measure in 2012 was because it was written by stoners -- that is, it was too broad. The 2012 Oregon Cannabis Tax Act (OCTA) allowed unlimited cultivation and posession of the plant, setting it apart from Colorado and Washington measures (both of which passed) that set clear limits on both. 

New to the 2014 measure are limits that are identical to the medical law -- 24 ounces and 24 plants, which is more than most smokers need to get through an episode of Portlandia, so there is little doubt the measure will have much opposition. But 2014 is a midterm election which means less young voters are posed to hit the ballot boxes.

Thankfully there are going to be two measures on the ballot. New Approach Oregon (NAO) would legalize possession of eight ounces and cultivation of four plants, while creating a marijuana market regulated by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. OCTA relies on regulation from a a proposed Oregon Cannabis Commission to be appointed by the governor.

So it looks like, come November, Oregon voters will have the luxury to choose which legalization measure they prefer. 

2. Alaska

Believe it or not Alaska was one of the first states to pass medical marijuana measures back in 1998. Now, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana is getting very close to the 75,000 signatures needed to get it on the ballot in November.

"The proposed initiative will take marijuana sales out of the underground market and put them in legitimate, taxpaying businesses," Tim Hinterberger, one of the initiative's sponsors told CNN. "Replacing marijuana prohibition with a system of taxation and sensible regulation will bolster Alaska's economy by creating jobs and generating revenue for the state."

The state has a strong libertatarian foundation that will likely help push the decision to use marijuana out of the hands of politicians and into those of the citizens

3. Arizona

The Tucson based group Safer Arizona is sponsoring an initiative to amend the state constitution to allow for legal, taxed, and regulated marijuana and industrial hemp use and commerce. Although Arizona already has a small medical marijuana industry that even their living dead governer Jan Brewer supports, it's too close to call at this point whether or not recreational use will pass in Arizona. Organizations need 300,000 signatures and though they'll likely have them by November, most are setting their sights on full legalization in 2016 due to a lack of financial backing. But just ask Bill and Ted, when it comes to getting high weirder things have happened.

 

© 2015 Traverlers Today, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Join Our Conversation

Travel Tips

Lima, Peru

A Travel Guide to Peru: Things to Know

Peru is a cultural hub filled with unique sights to see, amazing cuisine, a plethora of activities, and is definitely somewhere worth putting on your travel bucket list, but there are a few things to know before planning your trip.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Receive the latest travel news, reviews, and more..

Want more Travel?

Most Popular

Goblin Shark, Alien of the Deep Found

Viral Video: Goblin Shark, Alien of the Deep Found In Australia, Are There More Out In Ocean?

Viral Video - Goblin Shark, Alien of the Deep. The latest discovery off the coast of Australia has given anyone more reasons not to venture into the deep blue sea. Ocean scientists have discovered an “Alien of the Deep.” What exactly is this new discovery and are there many more out there?

California Droughts To Increase With Human-Caused Global Warming, Says Stanford Study

California Drought Climate Change: California Droughts To Increase With Human-Caused Global Warming, Says Study

California Drought Climate Change – Climate change caused by humans will reportedly helped bring about the current bout of California drought, according to a Stanford University study released Monday.

Turkish Airlines jet skids off on runway in Nepal, passengers safe

Jet Skids Off Runway: Watch Passenger, Crew Survive As Turkish Airlines’ Lucky Escape At Nepal Runway

A Turkish Airlines Airbus A330 jet skids off runway, and everyone on board the plane survived as it landed through dense fog, Wednesday, around 7 a.m. at Nepal's lone international airport. After the jet skids off runway, 40 arriving and 40 departing flights at Kathmandu, Nepal, were forced to cancel because the immobile plane covered almost a section of the runway, according to authorities.

Chile Volcano 2015

Chile Volcano 2015 (VIDEO) Eruption Of Lava Sends Thousands To Evacuate

A Chile volcano erupted early Tuesday, causing a serious threat among local residents and leading them to evacuate the area as lava surged down the volcano’s slopes.

Lisbon

Dream of Summer: Lisbon Getaway

While it is still cold and snow falls, escape the depressing winter by planning your trip to Portugal. As it is a Mediterranean country the temperatures stay milder in winter. And while you may not necessarily think the high 50s is warm the humidity is well over 50%, so the temperature will feel much warmer. Also the sun is out to warm you.

Mood of India

Delhi Rape Victim Blamed For Her Attack, Convicted Rapist Says She Should 'Just Be Silent And Allow The Rape', Internet Outraged, India Bans Interview

Delhi Rape Victim – In a shocking new interview banned across India, one of the rapists convicted in the 2012 New Delhi bus rape case has spoken up. According to Mukesh Singh, the victim is to blame for her rape. His comments have caused outrage across the world, whereas Indian authorities claim the video interview had violated four statutes in their penal code.

Community Responds to LAPD Shooting

LAPD Shooting, Killing Of Homeless Man Caught On Video

The LAPD shooting and killing of a home man in downtown Los Angeles Sunday had reportedly been caught on video. According to authorities Sunday, the LAPD shooting occurred on skid row during a struggle over an officer's weapons.

Tokyo, Japan

Safety First: Some of the World’s Safest Cities

When considering traveling somewhere for any length of time, it is crucial to be aware of the level of safety in the place that you are going to. The Economist has recently come out with the 2015 safe cities index so that people will know where they can and cannot feel safe.

Pakistani Child Being Vaccinated

471 Pakistani Parents Arrested After Refusing To Have Their Kids Vaccinated Against Polio

Pakistani parents were arrested and hundreds of others are being sought by authorities after refusing proper polio vaccination for their kids.

Find Us on Facebook

travelers today

© Copyright 2015 Travelers Today All Rights Reserved.

Subscribe to our newsletter
Real Time Analytics