This past year was undeniably the most productive 365-day period in the history of the marijuana policy reform movement.
There were a number of significant accomplishments, but here is the Marijuana Policy Project’s list of the “Top 10 Marijuana Victories of 2012.” As with our previous annual lists, it includes neither important scientific developments nor important international developments. Rather, this list focuses on the biggest marijuana-related policy accomplishments in the U.S. in the last year.
1. LEGALIZATION IN COLORADO: On November 6, 55 percent of Colorado voters legalized marijuana. MPP led the campaign, which resulted in the state adopting the best marijuana law in the world. Adults can now possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants without government licensing; and, around this time next year, the state government will start issuing licenses to marijuana businesses.
2. LEGALIZATION IN WASHINGTON: Also on November 6, 56 percent of Washington voters legalized marijuana. This law is similar to the Colorado law, except that home cultivation will not be permitted in Washington.
3. DECRIMINALIZATION IN RHODE ISLAND: On June 13, Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I) signed MPP’s decriminalization bill into law. On April 1 of this year, adults who are apprehended with up to one ounce of marijuana will receive only a $150 fine, with no arrest, jail time, or criminal record.
4. MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN CONNECTICUT: On May 31, Gov. Dan Malloy (D) signed medical marijuana legislation into law, making Connecticut the 17th medical marijuana state. The new law is similar to other state-level medical marijuana laws: People with cancer and other serious medical conditions who have the approval of their physicians can use and possess marijuana legally, and these patients will be able to purchase marijuana from dispensaries within the next year.
5. MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN MASSACHUSETTS: On November 6, 63 percent of Massachusetts voters approved a ballot initiative making it the 18th medical marijuana state. This law is similar to Connecticut’s law.
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