Marijuana Legalization Wins Big in Elections, Is Federal Decriminalization Next?
On November 5, voters in four U.S. cities decided to legalize recreational marijuana use. In the Michigan cities of Lansing, Jackson, and Ferndale, it will now be legal for anyone 21 years or older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana on private property. In Portland, Maine, it will be legal to possess up to 2.5 ounces. And, of course, in the Centennial State of Colorado, where recreational marijuana use has been legal for a year now, they voted in a new measure that levies a 15 percent excise tax tax and a 10 percent sales tax on the product. With these cities amending their marijuana laws following the lead of Colorado and Washington State, one has to wonder which U.S. cities and states will follow. And what does this mean for the future of the so-called war on drugs?
Joining The Real News Network to discuss the recent marijuana legalization and taxation votes and the ramifications of all of this is Morgan Fox. He's the communications manager at the Marijuana Policy Project, which is an advocacy group that works towards national legalization of marijuana.
And joining The Real News Network in-studio is Neill Franklin. He is the executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, also known as LEAP.
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