bill-swift - November 8, 2012
So apparently last night was a presidential election. Who knew? Certainly not me. I was only interested in a couple initiatives that made it onto the ballots in a few states through this great union of ours. Six states had issues related to marijuana uses, both medicinal and recreational on the ballots and it looks like the Green Party made some headway in a couple of them, Colorado and Washington being the most progressive of all.
Amendment 64 in CO and Initiative 502 in WA legalizes the use of marijuana as a recreational drug with contingencies and prohibitions concerning age, amounts and locations of use. Question 3 in Massachusetts allows for the use of medical marijuana, finally achieving the dream of freedom that Pilgrims sought upon landing at Plymouth Rock. Unfortunately the L-7 establishment in Oregon, Arkansas (surprise, surprise) and Montana either voted against any recreational or medical use for the drug or enforced even more restrictions on already existing laws, such as in Montana's case.
Even if you don't live in Washington or Colorado, fear not, for as you can see from the map above, there are seventeen states in the Union that allow for 'medical' marijuana use (check out the bonus gold stars for Colorado and Washington for their new recreational laws). What that basically means if that if you have a medical condition like glaucoma or if you ask a doctor to just write you a slip, you can still legally buy medicinal marijuana from the appropriate repository.
So even if you don't want to move in order live in a state where you're free to smoke that sweet, sweet cheebah in the privacy of your own home (or probably in most cases, the privacy of your own RV you've been driving around since the '68 Monterey Jazz Festival) now you know all the states you should stop in next time you're driving cross-country to follow the Dave Matthews Band on their next national tour. But be sure when you're heading from Denver to Ann Arbor to hide the roach clip and strap on a diaper like that crazy astronaut because you've got a long way to go, man.
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