By Clark French
Whether you are a believer in 2012 phenomenon or not it is clear that something is going on at the moment. There seems to have been major changes in global public awareness of cannabis and other drugs of late. We have seen a plain out attack on some of the main “jewels” within the cannabis empire such as the weed pass in Holland and the raids by the DEA on Californian and Coloradan dispensaries which in my opinion, is nothing more then a blatant attempt to try and stem the tide of cannabis regulation globally.
The 6th of November will see voters in Washington state, Colorado and Oregon all vote on ballots on if they want to end criminal sanctions on up to an ounce for people who wish to consume cannabis for any purpose. Polls show that the initiatives are heavily supported with over 50% in favour in both Colorado and Washington State. Is this the end of prohibition as we know it? Well it seems it could be, things are looking more hopeful at least. Unlike the failed Californian Initiative 219 in 2010, the Federal Anti-Drug Authorities have declined to discuss the Initiatives in all three states.
“If Washington or Colorado wins in November, and both have a good chance to do so, it is going to be transformative in the way we think about marijuana policy and even outside” – Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance.
Here at NORML UK we are extremely excited about the up and coming ballots and wish to send our best wishes and good luck to all the hard working activists who have laboured on this most important of issues in the US. With the emergence of an entirely new and credible cannabis campaign in the UK, I think the future has never looked so good for those of use who wish to consume cannabis for whatever reason we see fit.