Next year, adults in California, Massachusetts, and Maine will be able to purchase recreational cannabis. mike force
On average, someone in the United States was arrested for cannabis possession every 48 seconds in 2016. That amounts to more than 587,000 cannabis possession arrests, or about 5 percent of all arrests last year, according to an analysis by the Washington Post.
If you thought the war on drugs was over because you can buy a cheap, legal gram in Seattle, think again. We may have made history when voters in our state legalized cannabis in 2012, but Washington’s experiment didn’t rewrite the rest of the country’s drug laws. Pot is still classified as a Schedule I drug (along with heroin and cocaine).
But that doesn’t mean the criminalization of cannabis is here to stay. No amount of threats from Attorney General Jeff Sessions will obscure our state’s overall success at legalizing weed. Our federalist system, built on the idea that local governments can act as laboratories of democracy, worked in this case. We showed the world that legal pot can