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Most of the Country Will Soon Have Medical Marijuana

Most of the Country Will Soon Have Medical Marijuana

Posted by Marijuana Doctors on 08/05/2011 in Medical Marijuana Trends

According to the Colorado Independent, Congressman Jared Polis says “it would take a majority of states legalizing medical marijuana or otherwise liberalizing their laws before Congress would be likely to do anything at the federal level.” Well, with 16 states and Washington, D.C. already on the bandwagon, and 12 states with medical marijuana laws currently pending, his prediction may soon come true.

As of July 2011, the following states are currently considering legalizing cannabis for medical use:

1.     Alabama
2.     Connecticut
3.     Idaho
4.     Illinois
5.     Massachusetts
6.     New Hampshire
7.     New York
8.     North Carolina
9.     Ohio
10.  Pennsylvania
11.  Arkansas
12.  North Dakota

This year, six other states (Florida, West Virginia, Kansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Iowa) failed to pass medical marijuana laws. But even though they weren’t passed, cannabis is certainly on everyone’s minds. And let’s not forget the historic bill that was introduced by Rep. Barney Frank, and Rep. Jared Polis that would legalize marijuana federally, allowing each state to decide whether to keep weed illegal, allow it for medical use, or to legalize, regulate and tax it. In other words, when the majority of states legalize medical marijuana, cannabis will become a part of our mainstream culture and permeate our politics.

According to Polis and many other experts, the more states we have that pass medical marijuana laws, the more likely congress will pass legislation that will put the power of pot enforcement into the hands of state governments. Or at the very least, it will help make the federal government live up to its promises that it won’t prosecute patients who follow their own state’s mmj laws.

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