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Medical Marijuana Inc Reviews State of the Industry and Prospects for Future Growth
Date:2/27/2013

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Ballot Question # 3 with a 63% majorityNine other States have pending legislation to legalize medicinal marijuana including: Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, New Hampshire, North Carolina, New York and Oklahoma

Several states have also decriminalized marijuana, which typically means no prison time or criminal record for first-time possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal consumption.  The conduct is treated like a minor traffic violation.  This list includes: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Oregon

In the most recent example, New York City's marijuana decriminalization law was signed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  The US leading city's new actions signify a change in attitude toward marijuana in general and certainly toward medicinal uses of marijuana. 

Starting on March 1st 2013, having possession of a small amount of marijuana will not necessarily mean jail time, like it does under current law.  As long as the possessor has an ID and no outstanding warrants, the Officer will be allowed to let the offender go free.  Statistics show that more than 50,000 people are arrested for marijuana possession in New York City every year.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Thursday, February 14th, "We know that there's more we can do to keep New Yorkers, particularly young men, from ending up with a criminal record.  It's consistent with the law, it's the right thing to do and it will allow us to target police resources where they're needed most."  According to the Drug Policy Alliance, New York City spent over $150 million on marijuana arrests in 2010 and 2011 combined. 

US Federal Legislation Update
Recently two US Congressmen, Jared Polis (D-CO) and Earl Blumenauer
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