Three states, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, are each considering proposals to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults. Each state will be looking to draw tax revenue off of domestic sales.
Amendment 64 would legalize up to an ounce of marijuana, and would tax the substance up to 15%.
Amendment 64 is passing with 54% amount voting in favor and 46% opposed with 71% of precincts reporting.
Cannabis Tax Act Initiative, Measure 80, would allow for the cultivation and legal sale of marijuana in state-sponsored stores. The sale of marijuana would also be taxed.
Oregon's Measure 80 is failing with 55% voting against and 46% amount in favor with 60% of ballots reporting.
Initiative 502 calls for a 25% tax rate on marijuana sales implemented when a grower sells to a processer, when a processor sells to a retailer, and finally when a retailer sells to a customer, according to CNN.
Washington's Initiative 502 is passing with 55% polls in favor and 45% of polls opposed with 51% of ballots reporting.
If any measure passes, it will directly contradict federal law, likely launching a federal challenge in the Supreme Court of the United States, according toCNN. As Reason Magazine's Jacob Sullum notes, it'd be difficult for the federal government to enforce federal laws against marijuana in states which have legalized its recreational use.
Update: Massachusetts has legalized medical marijuana with 63% in favor and 37% against, with 83% of polls reporting. Arkansas refuted its medical marijuana proposal, the first state in the South to hold such a referendum, with 52% against and 48% for with 73% of polls reporting.
Why would cartels try to legalize their business? In fact, this will create more competition for the cartels, driving up demand, driving down price, and lower the profit margin. They would either have to legalize their business (which is fine) or they would leave because not one person would go through illegal means when you can buy it legally.
@tomincali Why? Because it is illegal. And why not those other industries? Because they are legal. We import alcohol and cigarettes from Mexico nobody is dying in the ditch over it. We also purchase many other items legally from Mexico and without criminal behavior because they need not hide their activities. Killing is a liability even to the criminals.
Marijuana should be legal nationwide. As long as alcohol remains legal and socially acceptable so should marijuana. To not do so is extremely hypocritical. The demonization of marijuana was extremely successful but society is starting to wake up and realize that it is not this horrible drug that they were led to believe.
Well Dude, you know uh well, like Boner told me I should like be for it. But well then Jake the Snake was all up in Boner's face and they got into it..........UH well like Jake the Snake is all upset now. Says he'll have to stop dealing and have to get a real job and all and well, ya know, Jake's got a point I think..........Uh did you ask me something?
"Wow! this is something. Still illegal on the Federal Level. I wonder if that going to change."
It makes me laugh that all my harping about allowing states to resolve issues on their own before the Feds make law for all has no better example than the legalization of Pot.
This is how I see the function of our system. Let the states begin the process within their own borders and control their own business. Issues like drugs, abortion, gay rights, the list is endless should never involved the Feds unless the state laws conflict with the Constitution.
@ConserveUSA Well Maine is a grand state with few people and lots of woods,lakes,and snow. And then of course if you want the Rodeo Drive experience, I guess you could visit the coast. The locals are a contrary lot, but they leave you alone and no one tries to tell me what I can or cannot put up on blocks out in my own dooryard. Of course I heard a rumor some smart guy thought the town would be more appealing to the rubber neckers from away if we all covered up our junk with blue plastic tarps. Can you imagine that? Damn blue tarps are useless. Only last a couple of years if you're lucky. The ordinance should at least include the option of old metal roofing. Steel is real. Been using it for years.
Yes its about time, I hope the feds don't ruin this, the people spoke, let's see how the government handles it. They need to stay out of it, but I bet they don't. The whole federal 18. usc. drug laws are based on a marijuana scale. I'm very happy the first step was finally taken. Thank you Colorado and Washington.
I'm sure that's what people said when alcohol prohibition was repealed... and it was just as ignorant back then as it is now. There can be responsible use of any drug, including alcohol, and not every user of drugs is addicted or a loser... In fact, you may very well be employed by a person who smokes marijuana. And if not, you know many that are. Try putting down the Anslinger rhetoric and educating yourself.
Now let's see if Obama will hold to his first term promise to stop federal raids and invasions on states that have legalizede marijuana. It is time for the insanity to stop, and the good (smart) people of CO and WA should be proud to have set the way for other states. There are few things more destructive to liberty than prohibition laws. Pres. Obama, call off the federal dogs and let the People take back their liberty to choose. In fact, it won't hurt any state for you to just muzzle and kennel those dogs!
@DARSB Prohibition laws are anti-liberty. I welcome any discussion of a national referendum. And I welcome a discussion about what we should do about a 40 year old failed policy that destroys lives and government integrity. The 9th and 10th Amendments have not been repealed!
@DogLady_1 There may be some added pressure to rethink the current policies: Mexico is already wondering why it should spend resources stopping marijuana from entering Colorado, where it would be legal. http://goo.gl/8tNpO
@DARSB Yes indeed, there are many countries who are tired of the US anti-drug policies being enforced in their own sovereign nations... and it is extortion for our gov't to tell a country that we will not give humanitarian aid unless they adopt our laws... anti-liberty and anti-sovereignty... anti-American!
Good job, Colorado and Washington. You're showing initiative and the ability to think outside the box and do what is necessary to help your state. The taxes from marijuana will greatly increase your revenue and businesses and jobs will be created.