Election Rejection: The Peculiar Path to Legalization for American Nations

Election Rejection: The Peculiar Path to Legalization for American Nations

Have you ever wondered why only some of the states in the United States allow their citizens legal access to a safe and effective medication?

Have you ever wondered why even though many Americans would love to see medical cannabis legalized and a sizable portion would also prefer recreational cannabis to be legal rather than alcohol and tobacco, they still don’t have any access to cannabis legally?

If so, you are not alone. Now there are lots of reasons why this could be but if you examine the process to legalize cannabis in the U.S. in specific states, you will begin to see a pattern.

There are two ways individual states can legalize cannabis

In the United States there are two basic methods by which individual states can legalize or decriminalize cannabis. Both of these approaches are ballot initiatives or politician introduced legislation. Over half of the countries in the U.S. allow laws to be passed by ballot initiatives. Ballot initiatives have to be introduced and accepted. Once approved they must get enough voter signatures to be placed on the ballot during the next election. In the rest of the states however, the procedure is much different.

In such states, to legalize or decriminalize cannabis, or pass any law for that matter, legislation must be introduced by means of a politician. The legislation once introduced must be delegated to the appropriate committee for changes and voting. Once it moves through the House and Senate committees, it then still has to get the signature of the state governor. Nowhere in this procedure do voters get to vote on laws or legislation, it’s left entirely up to the judicial system and the politicians we elect to represent us. So now you know a little more about how legalization has been in the states, let’s look at its significance to countries that have took steps to legalize and the ones that have not.

Here’s a list of states that allow for taxpayer supported ballot initiatives:

  1. Alaska
  2. Arizona
  3. Arkansas
  4. California
  5. Colorado
  6. Florida
  7. Idaho
  8. Illinois
  9. Maine
  10. Maryland
  11. Massachusetts
  12. Michigan
  13. Mississippi
  14. Missouri
  15. Montana
  16. Nebraska
  17. Nevada
  18. New Mexico
  19. North Dakota
  20. Ohio
  21. Oklahoma
  22. Oregon
  23. South Dakota
  24. Utah
  25. Washington
  26. Wyoming
  27. District of Columbia

Of these 27 states, 20 of them have a comprehensive medical cannabis program. 8 of them allow for adult recreational cannabis.   4 additional states offer CBD only laws but no comprehensive medical plan. That only leaves 3 countries from the states with taxpayer lead ballot initiatives that haven’t passed some form of cannabis reform. When you consider the states where legalization can only pass by the legislative process however, the numbers are not as favorable.

The following is a list of countries that do not allow for a ballot initiative process

These are backed by the will and legislation presented by politicians throughout the legislative procedure.

  1. Alabama
  2. Hawaii
  3. Iowa
  4. Tennessee
  5. Virginia
  6. Kansas
  7. New York
  8. Rhode Island
  9. Texas
  10. Connecticut
  11. Georgia
  12. Kentucky
  13. New Hampshire
  14. North Carolina
  15. South Carolina
  16. West Virginia
  17. Delaware
  18. Indiana
  19. Louisiana
  20. New Jersey
  21. Pennsylvania
  22. Vermont
  23. Wisconsin

Of those 23 states, 10 of them have a comprehensive medical cannabis program. Only 1 of them have legalized for adult recreational functions. Additionally, 10 of those states allow for CBD and/or low THC products with mass limitations for patient qualifications. A number of these CBD only countries also provide zero access for patients to get their medical cannabis legally in the state.

So, what does that mean?

Well, if you ask me, it means that in the countries where citizens rely upon their own politicians to change laws, their views and wishes are not being properly represented. This seems to be especially true once you look at some of the statistics surrounding the perspectives of citizens in those states.

Tennessee— “77 percent of 2018 voters have a favorable opinion of legalizing medical marijuana.

Kentucky 68 percent of voters say yes to legalizing, taxing, and regulating cannabis earnings for adults.

South Carolina61 percent of voters support legalizing medical marijuana and allowing doctors in the country to advocate it for specific conditions.

North Carolina 63% of voters support the legalization of medical cannabis and 42% support full legalization.

It is rather ironic that a country that’s “United” has such divided laws and legislative processes. It is time to end the prohibition on cannabis once and for all by eliminating cannabis and all of its derivatives in the Controlled Substances Act entirely!

Composed by AshleyP from CannaLance (Canna-Lance. com, @CannaLance, @MJWriter87)

Released at Sun, 05 Aug 2018 16:08:45 +0000

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