Marijuana and Hemp Legalization: Status Report for 5/28/15

It's been quite the year. There has been more action to fight the drug war through the state legislatures than ever before. It's been a whirlwind. The resistance has spread to virtually every state across the nation. Whether conservative or liberal, they are taking action to legalize marijuana in some form. It is getting harder and harder with each passing day for the prohibitionists to inflict their unjust war upon us!

At the same time, industrial hemp is taking off. More states have nullified the federal ban on this cash crop. These are the first steps toward restoring American manufacturing back into a worldwide powerhouse. Colorado is already reaping the benefits as their first hemp processing plant opened this month. The revolution is underway, and all we have to do to make sure that it is ultimately successful is to keep our feet on the gas pedal!

Although this year's legislative session has slowed down a bit, there are still many measures on the table that can move the ball forward on the issues of marijuana and hemp. Here are some of the most recent measures that have moved:

RESISTANCE

Illinois Marijuana Decrim: An Illinois bill (HB218) that would eliminate the possibility of arrest and criminal prosecution for low-level cannabis possession in the state passed through the state Senate. Having previously passed the state House, it will now go to the Governor where it can be signed into law.

This bill would change the criminal code to make possession of up to 15 grams of marijuana a "civil law violation punishable by a minimum fine of $55 and a maximum fine of $125." You can support this substantial reform by calling Gov. Rauner and politely urging him to sign HB218. He can be reached at 217-782-0244.

Rhode Island Industrial Hemp Legalization: A bipartisan bill introduced in the Rhode Island House would authorize and regulate the growth and production of industrial hemp, effectively blocking federal prohibition of the plant in the Ocean State. H6177 creates the framework to allow the growth and sale of hemp as an agricultural product. You can take action steps to support this important bill HERE.

Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana: A Pennsylvania bill (SB3) would legalize marijuana for medical purposes, effectively blocking in practice the federal prohibition on the same. You can take action steps to support this important bill HERE.

Wisconsin Industrial Hemp Legalization: A bill introduced in the Wisconsin state Assembly (AB215) would allow the farming, production, and sale of industrial hemp in the state, effectively thwarting the federal prohibition on the same. You can take action steps to support this important bill HERE.

Maine Marijuana Legalization: A bill introduced in Maine this month (LD1401) would authorize marijuana to be taxed and regulated similar to alcohol, legalizing the plant, and effectively blocking the federal prohibition on the same. You can take action steps to support this important bill HERE.

PUSHING THESE BILLS TO VICTORY

Because these bills don't have the backing of billionaires and powerful special interest groups, they rely solely on the power of the people to achieve success. People like you talking to your friends, sharing blogs via e-mails and social media, calling your state legislators, going door-to-door, staging protests, writing letters to the editor of your local newspapers, and so forth, can make all the difference in saving this country. The stakes are high, and it is time to make this happen.

We can put the power back in the hands of the people if we conquer our apathy, and do the work necessary to restore justice and freedom. The time is now. The power is in our hands. Will you stand with us? We are almost at the finish line of ending the drug war. Your action can put us over the top. Together, we can achieve peace in our streets.