Alaska, D.C. & Oregon Legalize!
The cannabis community headed to the polls yesterday in Alaska, Oregon and Washington D.C. to vote Yes On 2!
In the state of Oregon, people over the age of 21 are legally allowed to possess, manufacture and sell marijuana. It will also set up a regulatory system for cannabis production similar to the systems of Colorado and Washington. Alaska will begin taxing and regulating the production, sale and use of marijuana, also making it legal for those over 21 to use marijuana. D.C., however, is the less lenient of the three. Anyone over the age of 21 is legally allowed to possess up to two ounces of marijuana for personal use. You may transfer up to one ounce from person to person but you cannot sell marijuana in the District of Colombia.
Since D.C. is technically a district and not a state, Congress still has the ability to overrule laws. Some lawmakers have showed that they will most likely try to overrule the popular vote. Tom Angell, chairman of Marijuana Majority, stated, "With marijuana legal in the federal government's backyard, it's going to be increasingly difficult for national politicians to continue ignoring the growing majority of voters who want to end prohibition."
The cannabis community was not as successful as the state that have voted Yes On 2. Had the state voted majority pro-cannabis, the measure would have given the state's Department of Health the responsibility of regulating marijuana. However, since it would have altered Florida's constitution, the state needed 60% of it's voters to be in support of the measure, while only 57% were.
Things are looking up for herbalists and medical marijuana patients in America! The country now has 23 states and D.C allowing marijuana use.