New statewide poll of ca voters say 65% support legalizing #marijuana
— joegarofoli (@joegarofoli) October 17, 2013
Slowly, the personal use of marijuana is becoming legal across America. The Council on State Governments reported:
Marijuana remains illegal under federal law, but last year, residents in both Colorado and Washington voted to make recreational use of the drug legal, essentially ignoring the 1970 law. Although these states have legalized a federally identified illegal drug, they are not the first to do so.
Starting with California in 1996, 21 states have made the use of medical marijuana for ailing patients legal. Of those 21, 16 states have decriminalized those found to be holding small amounts marijuana, six of which were added in 2013.
Then, last August, the U.S. Department of Justice affirmed that it would not seek to stop or prohibit the laws passed in Colorado and Washington, easing tensions between the states and federal government.
This was a big step forward for the U.S. Department of Justice, but a federal hurdle remains. The CSG again: