Congratulations, Massachussetts and Michigan!
Two historic ballot initiatives were successful in the Nov. 4 election. The airwaves in Massachussetts and Michigan were blitzed by ridiculous attack ads from the drug warriors, but voters tuned out the noise and passed two major reforms.
By a stunning 65% to 35% margin, Massachussetts voters passed a landmark initiative to decriminalize marijuana in the state. According to an email from the Marijuana Policy Project, "The measure removes the threat of arrest and jail for possessing an ounce or less of marijuana, replacing it with a $100 fine, which can be paid through the mail without lawyers or court appearances, just like a speeding ticket. This is the first time in history that voters have passed a statewide initiative to decriminalize marijuana!"
Congratulations to the Committee for Sensible Marijuana Policy (CSMP) and everybody who helped to promote this initiative!
Also, Michigan voters overwhelmingly approved a medical marijuana initiative by a 63% to 37% margin. This makes Michigan the 13th state to protect seriously ill patients from arrest, and the first state in the midwest!
Congratulations to Michigan Coalition for Compassionate Care (MCCC) and everybody who helped out in The Wolverine State!
The pendulum is swinging, folks. If the Drug War establishment wants to maintain any semblance of credibility with the general public, it needs to withdraw its objections to these sensible marijuana reforms and focus on the hard stuff. With New Hampshire now surrounded by states which have passed some sort of marijuana reform, our opponents' objections will start sounding sillier and sillier to legislators, and we will get NH's marijuana penalties out of the 1970's and into the 21st Century.