quote:Originally posted by Stetson: From what I've read, the polls in most of these states show a substantial lead for Legalize, but of course, this is the kind of issue where Yes sentiment is pretty heavily concentrated among the young, who tend to stay home. I also wonder if some of the groups the Democrats will likely be mobilizing in larger numbers this time around(eg. Hispanics) tend to be for or against legalization.
quote: I can't comment on the ethnic component of this issue
quote: Over the years there has been a steady decline in the percentage of those under 25 who have smoked weed over the last year. Their attitude seems to be generally libertarian in that regard, even if use is in decline.
quote:Here, there is supposed to be a Bill before Parliament (when is a bit of a guess), not subject to a referendum. We already have the medical use of marijuana, and as for recreational use, the most important issues are the legal age of use (The Canadian Medical Association advocates 25), and the means by which it will be sold. The current situation is a bit of a wild west.
quote:The MP responsible for federal-provincial dialogue on the issue is Bill Blair, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice. Blair is a former Toronto Chief of Police, and, if memory serves, in that office he was in favour of decriminalisation.
quote: Leave it to the Ship to turn a thread on US ballot initiatives into a discussion of the finer points of Canadian politics... [Biased]
quote:Originally posted by Kelly Alves: Well, it would appear we now have a Reefer Highway. All three West Coast states now have legal recreational.
quote:Originally posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe: The referendum failed in Arizona.
quote:Originally posted by Kelly Alves: Well, if I'm gonna try it for the very first time, I better get cracking.
quote:Originally posted by Lyda*Rose: How come things like rules about transgender use of restrooms or common core education are state matters but marijuana use is a federal matter?
quote:Originally posted by Stetson: quote:Originally posted by Kelly Alves: Well, if I'm gonna try it for the very first time, I better get cracking. Perhaps so. Though with this administration, it's kinda hard to know exactly what they're gonna do and not do. If the crackdown goes ahead, I'll chalk it up to another policy that would have been pursued under any Republican administration, not something specific to Trump.
quote:However, the Obama administration had told the states as long as the marijuana that is sold in the states does not cross state lines or is sold to minors, they would not intervene.
quote:Originally posted by Gramps49:However, the Obama administration had told the states as long as the marijuana that is sold in the states does not cross state lines or is sold to minors, they would not intervene. While Sessions is now revoking that memo, it will still be the basis for court challenges.
quote:Originally posted by Gramps49: If they do it will be hard to enforce, IMHO, because all the weed has to be grown within the state where it is being sold. No interstate commerce is being involved. Ergo, no federal jurisdiction. Look for the ninth circuit of appeals to uphold the states' right to internal commerce. It will go to the Supreme Court. It will be an interesting case.
quote:Any bets he would be singing a different tune if Trump had any money on the line himself?
quote:Originally posted by Stetson: Trump Administration Puts Legalized Marijuana In Crosshairs From The Cannabist, so possibly NSFW(double-linked, and a video-ad starts up at the website). Fairly good overview, that makes the point about how complicated it could be to reverse legalization at this point.