Marijuana Law, Policy & Reform

Editor: Douglas A. Berman
Moritz College of Law

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

MPP Director provides Top 10 accounting of marijuana reform achievements in 2015

I noted in this post yesterday a Huffington Post commentary by Kevin Sabet, the President of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), headlined "Top 10 Anti-Marijuana Legalization Policy Victories of 2015."  Today I just realized that a similar (and yet very different) Huffington Post piece authored by Rob Kampia, Executive Director of Marijuana Policy Project, was published here last week under the headline "The Top 10 Marijuana Policy Victories of 2015. Here is how that piece starts and ends and the headings in-between:

In 2015, state legislators considered bills to legalize marijuana in 21 states, decriminalize marijuana possession in 17 states, and legalize medical marijuana in 19 states. Most of the action in 2015 was aimed at achieving substantial victories in 2016, which is slated to be the most successful year in the history of the movement to end marijuana prohibition.

With this in mind, the Marijuana Policy Project is hereby releasing its top 10 list for 2015. I'm excluding international and scientific developments, instead focusing on policy developments in the United States.

10. Local Decriminalization Measures: ...

9. Everything In Texas: ...

8. Medical Marijuana Expansion In Four States, D.C., and Puerto Rico: ...

7. Medical Marijuana In Pennsylvania, Nebraska and Utah: ...

6. Marijuana Decriminalization in Illinois: ...

5. Decriminalization in Delaware: ...

4. Legalization Ballot Initiatives in Five States: ...

3. U.S. House of Representatives: ...

2. U.S. Senate: ...

1. Presidential Candidates: ...

In 2015, the table was set in other ways that will lead to a healthy serving of marijuana policy reform in 2016.  For example, Alaska and Colorado appear poised to allow some form of on-site consumption of marijuana in private establishments (similar to alcohol bars), which would give these two jurisdictions the two best marijuana laws in the world.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/marijuana_law/2015/12/mpp-director-provides-top-10-accounting-of-marijuana-reform-achievements-in-2015.html

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