Sat Oct 6, 2018, 12:27 PM

Marijuana Skeptics Fear 'de Facto Legalization' in States

By SAM SUTTON and CARLA MARINUCCI 10/06/2018 07:14 AM EDT Updated 10/06/2018 11:59 AM EDT
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When Jason Nemes, a Republican legislator in deeply conservative Kentucky, proposed a bill allowing the sale of medicinal marijuana this year, he included strict conditions to prevent doctors from rampantly prescribing the drug.

After all, Nemes has no interest in actually legalizing pot: He hasn’t smoked, he’s decidedly anti-drug and, until recently, he was even skeptical of marijuana’s effectiveness for treating conditions like cancer or epilepsy.

“We’re not interested in allowing people to go and smoke marijuana just for the heck of it.” Nemes told POLITICO.

He has good reason to be worried. With nine states, and the District of Columbia, now allowing the recreational use of cannabis — and more in the pipeline — advocates on both sides of the issue say that medical cannabis programs are increasingly functioning as a Trojan horse for de facto legalization in the 40 states where the politics of legalization aren’t quite ripe yet. And that’s rapidly changing the political and policy dynamics surrounding the emerging industry.


Michigan voters are going to the poll in November to fully "legalize" marijuana with few restrictions. One will be able to have up to 10 ounces in their house while growing another 12 plants. Up to 2 ounce on their person when traveling outside their homes.

If it passes, and polls showing that it should easily, Michigan will have the least restrictive marijuana laws in the nation.

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Mon Oct 8, 2018, 11:35 PM

1. Didn't Michigan have some of the least restrictive laws even back in the day?


And Alaska, if I recall.

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Mon Oct 15, 2018, 11:41 AM

2. Defacto is better than official

It leaves you with a free market and no corporate players. Know your dealer.

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