These 4 States Will Reform Their Marijuana Laws in 2013

The pot reform movement picks up speed.

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4. Decriminalization in Vermont

It's somewhat mystifying that the home state of Bernie Sanders, Pat Leahy, and the politically successful Vermont Progressive Party can't seem to decriminalize pot.

Even more mystifying? The most recent attempt to drastically reduce penalties for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana was trounced by a Democrat—Vermont state Speaker of the House Shap Smith. According to a February 2012 report, Smith and other conservative Democrats blocked a decriminalization bill that was popular with voters, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, and Commissioner of Public Safety Keith Flynn, because the bill wasn't popular with the "state’s law enforcement community." 

The tide has turned since early 2012. The race for attorney general saw both the incumbent and his primary challenger agree that marijuana should be decriminalized. Shortly after the election, Gov. Shumlin announced he expected to sign a decriminalization bill in the 2013, and the bill's authors told constituents they planned to reintroduce it in the new legislative session. To top it off, Smith, who still opposes decrim, says he won't block the bill again if it's reintroduced

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  • FucktheNannyState||


  • FucktheNannyState||

    Sweet, every geek gets his day I guess!

    Oh yeah, fuck anti-drug laws.

  • deified||

    Re: shirts

    Great ideas, horrible graphic design.

    (Look at me in the stands, part of the booboisie, just throwing stones at the people who are actually trying to do something. I make myself sick.)

  • ||

    The testimony that was the most compelling was from a woman who had small children

    No shit, Sherlock; the class with the highest victim points.

  • Calidissident||

    Drug use makes people less productive. Less productive people are more likely to go on welfare. Therefore we can't legalize drugs until we end the welfare state.


  • ricketson||

    As Bill Clinton said, less productive people produce fewer profits for big business. Drugs are illegal because the capitalists own both you and the state.

  • ricketson||

    If I wasn't clear: bosses don't like the idea of their serfs using drugs and getting lazy.

  • ||

    Of course, in a just society, your employer could always just fire you for getting lazy. Or any other reason he felt like.

  • Libertarius||

    That's every lefty's excuse for the destruction of capitalism and freedom by the state: "Durr itz da freedumz fault" You don't get it: the state has power to sell because you have been brainwashed to think they should somehow be in control of businessmen. That's the joker in the whole system, bud; it is the intervention of the state into economics that creates the problems, not the other way around.

    No, asswipe, drug laws and all the laws under the sun (and the corruption they create) are entirely the fault of the statists who have been telling Americans for 100 years that the answer to every disaster caused by government is to give more power to the government (and to call it "progress" lol)

  • ||

    We'll only legalize drugs if we can also raise your FICA taxes. Also, you are now mandated to provide health insurance for your marijuana. That doesn't sound like a good plan to you? What are you, a racist statist communist xenophobe nativist cocksucker?!?!


  • Libertarius||

    "Your property rights and national sovereignty are nativith and rathitht, we will make up snarky hipster faggot bullshit to pretend we aren't just egalitarian leftists who wanted to play the dandy and call ourselves libertarians."

    But in case there's anyone here who cares to live on earth, and doesn't want to evade reality, realize the difference between having open immigration 100 years ago (no welfare state, no income tax to dodge, no economic regulations to disincentivize the hiring of US citizens) versus today, where the obozo regime is advertising welfare programs on Mexican radio...ask yourself (and do not evade the answer) what kind of immigrants we are attracking today.

  • Calidissident||

    You guys make Tony-esque arguments are then try to present yourselves as the True Libertarians fighting the "hipster faggot leftists?"

  • ||

    I think arguably the "If you don't support mass legalization with no attendant reform of the immigration, welfare, and labor regulation system you hate teh brown peoplez!!!one11eleventy!!" bullshit is a lot more T o n y-esque than pointing out some of the practical implications of addressing a massive failure of government on many levels 1/1000th at a time.

  • ||

    Nevada came a hair's breadth from legalization a few years ago ('06, IIRC - I was living there at the time). I think given another shot in light of the Colorado and Washington initiatives it might pass there as well.

  • deified||

    I guess it's okay that Riggs wrote this article but it was really unnecessary.

    The definitive piece on what is hopefully the end-game for MJ prohibition was published about a month ago.

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