Pro-pot lobbyists at the Marijuana Policy Project announced today that legislators from Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont plan to introduce legislation that would legalize recreational weed use in their states. Representatives Edith Ajello (D-RI), and Diane Russell (D-ME) will announce their plans to introduce bills on a teleconference tomorrow, and unnamed lawmakers in Massachusetts and Vermont plan to follow suit, according to the MPP. “We are passing the tipping point when it comes to this issue,” said MPP legislative analyst Robert Capecchi. “Unfortunately, lawmakers have traditionally been behind public opinion when it comes to marijuana policy reform. With these thoughtful legislators in at least four states planning on introducing sensible proposals to remove criminal penalties and regulate marijuana in their states, it’s clear that ending marijuana prohibition is gaining momentum.”
Of course, Colorado and Washington passed recreational legalization legislation in last week’s election, both with roughly 55 percent of voters in favor. And a poll released today by ABC News and the Washington Post shows that a record high 48 percent of Americans support “legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use.” That’s up from only 22 percent in 1997.
Congratulations, America. You’re finally growing up.