Federal Marijuana Law Will Change In 2019! Alaska, Rhode Island Next To Legalize It!

By Adam Benson

The executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, Rob Kampia, has recently claimed that momentum will drive two more states – Alaska, and Rhode Island – to follow Colorado and Washington in legalizing marijuana in the year 2014.

Matt Ferner, from the Huffington Post, explains that “Support for marijuana legalization reached a high point in 2013, when polls showed a majority of Americans were in favor of turning away from federal law, which currently considers the drug a Schedule I controlled substance, alongside heroin, PCP and LSD.”

It was only weeks after that a Pew Research Center survey revealed that a full 52 percent of Americans favor legalizing marijuana use. Furthermore, a HuffPost/YouGov poll discovered that 51 percent hold that marijuana should be “legalized, taxed, and regulated like alcohol.”

In a recent interview with Reason, Kampia made several claims about the future of marijuana legalization.

“I think the next state to legalize will be Alaska, through a ballot initiative that we’re running in August of 2014,” Kampia said to Reason.

“Through state legislatures, I think the first state is going to be Rhode Island.”

Kampia claimed that many other states will soon vote on marijuana legalization in 2016, including: California, Nevada, Arizona, Maine and possibly Massachusetts.

Kampia’s claims are not unfounded. Ferner explains that “Alaska and Rhode Island both appear to be poised for legalization.” For example,  “in Alaska, Public Policy Polling recently surveyed voters and found that 54 percent are currently in favor of legal weed.”

Rhode Island decriminalized less than an ounce of marijuana back in April and a separate bill rolled out this year would legalize marijuana for recreational use. A survey last year conducted for the Marijuana Policy Project by Public Policy Polling found that 52 percent of Rhode Islanders would support treating weed no differently than alcohol.

The biggest claim Kampia made, however, was that the federal marijuana law would legalize marijuana before the end of the decade. In his words, “my prediction,” is that “the changing federal law will be 2019.” Nevertheless, he said “we’re going to have to deal with a lot of difficult states after 2019, like Mississippi and Alabama.”

 

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