Marijuana legalization activists are already preparing for 2016

Following the successes in Oregon, Alaska and DC, marijuana legalization activists are already preparing for 2016. So, which states are next?

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According to a blogpost on the Marijuana Policy Project website (the largest marijuana legalization lobbying organization), marijuana activists have set their sight on Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada.

The models will be similar to the ones passed in Colorado and more recently in Oregon and Alaska.

[quote_box_center]“The stage is now set for 2016, when measures to regulate marijuana like alcohol are expected to appear on ballots in at least five states,” said Mason Tvert, communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project, which was instrumental in passing legalization in Colorado and bankrolled the successful campaign in Alaska. [/quote_box_center]

In addition to ballot measures, the Marijuana Policy Project is also aiming to push marijuana legalization through state legislatures in Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Delaware, Hawaii and Maryland.

The already successfully passed marijuana policy reform campaigns also enables to look back and look at things that worked and thing that didn’t. For example, while in Alaska and Colorado advocates focused on the comparison of marijuana vs alcohol, advocates in Oregon and Washington argued legalization is a safer alternative to marijuana prohibition.

[quote_box_center]“Our goal from the beginning was to get this message across that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol so that when that last month comes around, and the opponents are trying to scare people away from marijuana by saying it’s so dangerous, their reaction will be to say ‘yeah, but it’s less harmful than alcohol,’” Tvert stated.[/quote_box_center]

Marijuana prohibition is on the way out, and momentum for sensible marijuana policy reform is growing, the blogpost concludes.