Pot-Reform Advocate Sees “Tipping Point” In Decriminalization Talk


Four states are considering legalizing and regulating marijuana, and about two dozen other states are considering bills ranging from medical marijuana to decriminalizing possession of small amounts of the herb, reports the Associated Press. “In terms of state legislatures, this is far and away the most active year that we’ve ever seen,” said Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance, which supports reforming marijuana laws. “I would say that we are close to the tipping point. At this point they are still seen as symbolic bills to get the conversation going, but at least the conversation can be a serious one.”

Opponents of relaxing marijuana laws aren’t happy about the discussion. “There’s no upside to it in any manner other than for those people who want to smoke pot,” said Travis Kuykendall of the West Texas High Intensity Drug-Trafficking Area office in El Paso, Tx. “There’s nothing for society in it, there’s nothing good for the country in it, there’s nothing for the good of the economy in it.”

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