Not so fast: Could legalization in Canada spread slower than maple syrup? Pundits suppose it could take 2-3 years. The Liberal government backs this up with evidence of a deliberate attitude toward cannabis legalization. Says Trudeau: Just decriminalization is not an option.
A Washington Times op-ed blames drug liberalization for last yearâ€™s apparent spike in violent crime. In a surprise move, Robert Weiner and Ben Lasky exonerate the â€œFerguson effectâ€ and instead blame less anti-drug spots on TV.
â€œJust say no!â€: Mississippiâ€™s House of Representatives votes down a surprise attempt to change that stateâ€™s drug laws. In Maine, a citizenâ€™s petition for legalization fails after 17,000 signatures are invalidated on (what supporters say is) a technicality. In a nice piece of doublespeak, Maine secretary of state Matthew Dunlap tells journalists, â€œOur goal isnâ€™t to invalidate signatures. The goal is to make sure they are valid.â€ For comparison, the numberÂ of invalidated signatures equals,Â approximately, a third of the population of Portland, Maine’s largest city. Meanwhile,Â Portland, Oregon says no to drive-through dispensaries. And legislators in Vermontâ€™s lower house are still not sure if the state is â€œready to move forward with legalization,â€ meaning, presumably, that they will start a process to get the state prepared for the fulfillment of an extremely popular public policy measureâ€¦or they wonâ€™t.
In the yes column: New Hampshire says yes to legalizationâ€¦or at least its citizens doâ€¦or at least those who participated in a recent poll. 62% approve of legalization for recreational use.