The Marijuana Policy Project released its top ten positive developments on the marijuana front for 2011. I’ll try to summarize or you can find the entire article here: The Huffington Post: Top 10 Marijuana Highlights from 2011.
- Obama and Congress did away with Clinton’s National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign.
- A bill allowing states to determine their own marijuana policies (not just medical) was introduced in Congress. Twenty-one House members currently support this bill.
- Public support for the legalization of marijuana has reached an all-time high, finally reaching 50 percent.
- Delaware legalized medical marijuana.
- Maryland and Vermont improved their medical marijuana laws.
- Maine, New Jersey, New Mexico and D.C. implemented and/or expanded their medical marijuana laws.
- Arkansas and Connecticut lowered their penalties for possession of marijuana.
- World leaders, including Kofi Annan, George Schulz and President Carter, spoke out in favor of decriminalization of marijuana.
- Republican Congressman Ron Paul, running for presidential nomination, continually attacked the US war on drugs.
- Governors asked the feds to reschedule marijuana — to make it a Schedule II drug, meaning it has medicinal value.