Which State Will Be Next to Legalize Marijuana?

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April 21 (Bloomberg) –- Drug Policy Alliance Executive Director Ethan Nadelmann discusses the de-criminalization of marijuana. He speaks with Trish Regan on Bloomberg Television’s “Street Smart.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Oregon will be on the ballot in november.

Over 60% of the public says it is time to legalize the stuff.

Alaska is on the ballot this year.

D.c., there is some movement to get the issue on the ballot.

They have medical.

There is a movement by local activists to fully legalize it.

I was just talking earlier with lieutenant governor of california who was at the forefront of the gay marriage issue.

He has been pushing for the legalization of recreational marijuana and he said public sentiment is shifting so much.

You would like to see your politicians leading the way, but in this case, you see the public leading the politicians.

When you think about d.c., it is such a political place.

Some of these other places up for grabs, what is the sort of politics of the situation?

70% public support for legalizing medical marijuana.

You cannot get congress to move.

They are scared.

They are not scared.

There is an ideological resistance among some hard-core elements of the republican party that i blocked it.

-- that have blocked it.

And yet they are resisting.

Florida will have a medical marijuana initiative on the ballot this year.

All of the polls show over 60%. the ur lucky if you can get a governor to lean on an issue -- but you are lucky if you can get a governor to lean on an issue like this.

All of the polls show over 60% support it so far.

That would make it the first day in the south to legalize medical marijuana.

I was in florida over the weekend and i saw quite a few anti-pot bumper stickers.

It really has started to light up both sides of the aisle.

I think we will see a lot of people turning out.

We were going to wait on the legalization efforts until 2016. that is when you get more young people turning out to vote.

A 10 point jump in public support for legalizing marijuana between the fall of 2012 and the fall of 2013. 2016, that will be half a dozen states.

Do you run a risk if it does not get through?

What is your downside?

You lose a little momentum.

The public is so strongly in favor right now, look at the polling and the demographic shift, or it is mostly elderly people who are opposed.

My biggest fear are things like for the people who will pay for these efforts, you are in a moment where the people who have been paying for the legalization of marijuana were people who cared about this.

And now there are people making money from the industry.

They are not quite yet ready to pay for the clinical change.

-- political change.

We may be in a tricky transitional point.

In some ways, if you are washington, maybe you do not want or again legalizing it because that will -- or again -- oregon legalizing it.

A lot of business to go around.

Let me ask you, we are in a situation where we have 21 states and washington, d.c., with some form of legalization on the books.

How long until we see the rest of the country or a federal law change?

If we had a federal allen initiative process, it would be changed -- federal ballot initiative process, it would be changed this year.

It makes me pessimistic about congress's ability to get rid of federal prohibition.

The administration says, we will not go after banks that bank dispensary owners in colorado.

Obama and holder have shown an element of leadership on this . look at congress, they are running from their own shadow.

There is a bill in congress to repeal federal marijuana prohibition.

It should be 10 times that.

What is your analysis?

After 2014, what will it look like?

2014, hopefully new york legalizes medical marijuana this year.


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