The Local and State Based Approach is a Winner in Maine

Maine is leading the way toward meaningful cannabis reform, and showing how a state can successfully fight back at the local and state levels against federal oppression.

The most notable recent legalization attempt occurred on a city-wide level in Portland, which took place last year. This endeavor was a smashing success that garnered 67 percent of the vote, allowing residents to carry up to 2.5 ounces legally. While not full legalization, this represents a huge step in the right direction. It shows people how they can make a difference by circumventing Washington D.C. entirely!

It also helped to light a political fire beneath Maine citizens who are against a drug war that has been plaguing our country for far too many generations. However, national change is difficult to achieve. If last year's modest success in Portland has shown us anything, it is that change must start small before it can take root. Once it takes root, the sky is the limit. But we have to be smart and know where to begin to accomplish lasting success.

The referendum in Portland is creating momentum. Kevin Miller of the Portland Press Herald wrote in January that activists in as many as three more cities were actively working to follow Portland's example. This makes it clear that Maine is ready for change. The people of Maine have the right idea on how to achieve it. When you work at the local and state levels, the feds are forced to accept the end of their failed drug war - whether they like it or not!

The P.E.A.C.E. Act (Preventing Excessive Allocations for Cannabis EnforcementĀ ) and the Hemp Freedom Act can aid you in your quest to stop the harmful effects of the drug war. The P.E.A.C.E. Act stops all state-level compliance with federal marijuana laws. The Hemp Freedom Act is just as essential as the P.E.A.C.E. Act because it legalizes a cash crop. Hemp is an extremely useful resource that is easy to farm and can be used for just about everything in modern society.

There is a war being waged that only one side wants to fight. The rest of us want it to end peacefully, and above all else, we want the voice of the people to be heard. Maine is leading the way, and you can duplicate that success in your neck of the woods. All you have to do is shake off the apathy and get into the game. You can hasten the demise of the federal drug war, and do so with a strategy that maximizes your effectiveness. Join us, and enact our plan to create a long-lasting Peace on our Streets.