Posts Tagged ‘marijuana reform’
While in Texas we were voting about water laws yesterday, three states saw marijuana reform policies on their ballots.
The first: Colorado. It’s already legal! Last night, though, voters approved Proposition AA, meaning the state will see a 15% excise tax and 10% sales tax on all recreational marijuana sales. The taxes are expected to generate about $70 million in additional revenue in 2014.
In case you were wondering, January 1, 2014 will make history in Colorado, with the opening of the first recreational marijuana shops. Over 100 shops are expected, and that number will surely grow!
The second state voting on reform laws: Maine. Well, Portland, Maine. You may remember the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) that ran on an advertising campaign for Question 1 on city buses and bus shelters. Yesterday, Portland voters passed Question 1, decriminalizing adult possession, legalizing over-21 possession of up to 2.5 ounces, and prohibiting use in public parks, school grounds, and other sensitive locations.
We’ll probably be seeing more policy reform from Maine in future elections. Go Portland!
And finally, three cities in Michigan voted for legalization/decriminalization: Lansing, Ferndale, and Jackson. Now, over-21 possession of less than one ounce on private property will not be penalized. Thanks, Michigan, for another symbolic step in the right direction.
While things feel pretty normal here at The Glass House, things are shaking up in Denver, Colorado this week. The 2013 International Drug Policy Conference is taking place from Wednesday, October 23 through Saturday, October 26, with over 1,000 attendees representing 30 different countries.
The International Drug Policy Conference is a biennial event hosted by the Drug Policy Alliance and several partner organizations with the goal of bringing together people from around the world who believe the war on drugs is doing more harm than good.
This year attendees will have the opportunity to spend three days interacting with people committed to finding alternatives to the war on drugs while participating in sessions given by leading experts from around the world.
What kind of people attend the conference? Anyone from students and activists to elected officials and public health advocates. Presentations cover a variety of topics, and attendees can even choose a “track” of presentations that fit their specific interests. These tracks include criminal justice, marijuana reform, health and harm reduction, movement building, international drug issues, psychedelics, academic/scholarly work, cultural and crossover issues, and training.
We’re excited to hear what new ideas and innovations emerge from this conference! In the meantime, you can check out the audio and video of past presentations from the conference archives.