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Medical marijuana’s last wildernesses

buy hash online usa.Only a handful

of U.S. states remain holdouts.

Will 2021 change that?

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly speaks during a news conference at the Statehouse in Topeka.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly speaks during a news

conference at the Statehouse in Topeka.

| John Hanna/AP Photo

By MONA ZHANG and XIMENA BUSTILLO

02/12/2021 06:55 PM EST

Marijuana legalization advocates

have their

eyes on the final frontiers of full prohibition.

Only two states — Nebraska and Idaho — have

never passed any sort of medical marijuana

law. There are now movements afoot in

both states — as well as several others with

very restrictive programs — to change that

as soon as this year.

If the medical marijuana campaigns prevail

in those last remaining holdouts, the U.S.

could reach a dubious distinction: Cannabis

policies in every single state would be in violation

of federal law. That’s certain to further ratchet

up pressure on Congress and the White

House to loosen federal marijuana restrictions,

and it could fuel the push to make recreational

cannabis legal everywhere.

“There are very few things that many Americans

agree on,” said Karen O’Keefe, director of state

policies for legalization advocacy group

Marijuana Policy Project.

Medical cannabis is one of them. A pair of polls

in 2019 showed support for medical marijuana surpassing 90 percent.

That’s “more than people that believe humans

land on the moon,” O’Keefe said, referencing 

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a 2019 surveythat showed one in 10 Americans

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believe the moon landing was fake.

Consensus is so broad that pollsters seem to have

stop asking the question altogether in national polls.

Cannabis advocates in Nebraska and Idaho

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are buoyed by the successful votes for

legalization in other deep-red states last November.

If lawmakers fail to act this year, advocates

are vowing to take the issue directly to the

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to approve them.

“We now have strong, vocal support from

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people across the state,” said Nebraska

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Democratic Sen. Anna Wishart, who has been

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trying to pass medical marijuana legislation

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for years. “At this point, everybody knows

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somebody that has benefited from having

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access [to medical cannabis].“

Several other conservative states, including

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Kansas, Alabama and Wyoming, have limit

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medical cannabis laws that focus on CBD

products. Legislative efforts are also

underway in those states to adopt more

comprehensive medical marijuana programs.

Legalization advocates point out that medical

marijuana legalization questions consistently

get more votes than any elect official.

A referendum in South Dakota 

passed with 70 percent of the vote, and a ballot

question in Mississippi got nearly 74 percent of the vote.

“Disregarding what voters want can be perilous,” O’Keefe said.https://player.simplecast.com/c432886d-1995-4a3a-9bac-f8abdf5f5272?dark=false

Nebraska

Medical marijuana advocates in Nebraska were aiming to put a legalization initiative on the ballot in 2020. They successfully collected the necessary signatures and got the initiative certified by the secretary of state, before Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner sued and successfully got it tossed.

Now they’re focused on getting it done through the Legislature.

“I feel a lot more confident going into this year with my legislation than I have in the past,” Wishart said. She reintroduced her medical cannabis bill in January, which is slated for its first hearing in March.

But opponents also express confidence about thwarting the effort.

“There is nothing ‘medical’ about marijuana legalization,” said John Kuehn, co-chair of anti-legalization group Smart Approaches to Marijuana’s Nebraska chapter, in an email. “It is not regulated for safety or efficacy through the FDA.”

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Wishart acknowledged that getting legislation across the finish line will be an “uphill battle” thanks to Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts’ vehement opposition to the policy.

But she’s hopeful that successful legalization initiatives in other red states last November will pressure some of her colleagues to stand up to the governor.

If the legislative push fails, legalization advocates have a backup plan: They’re already working on efforts to put a medical marijuana referendum on the 2022 ballot.buy hash online usa

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Kansas

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly is pushing a novel argument for legalizing medical marijuana: The tax revenues can pay for Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion and provide 165,000 people with health care.

Whether a Republican-dominated legislature will prove receptive to that argument — Obamacare is still a dirty word to many GOP lawmakers — remains to be seen. Previous legislativeattempts to legalize medical marijuana have failed, and lawmakers have balked at the cost of Medicaidexpansion.

But Kelly is hoping that public opinion will help alter the political dynamics.

“When we do polling on these two issues, the results are often over 70 percent of Kansans want both Medicaid expansion and medical marijuana,” Kelly said during a press conference earlier this month, touting her plan as one that would pay for itself and still have money left over.

While linking medical marijuana legalization with Medicaid expansion is encountering resistance in the Legislature, cannabis reform does have some support from Republican lawmakers. Rep. John Barker and Sen. John Doll are both pushing alternative medical marijuanaproposals, reports the Kansas City Star.

poll conducted in 2019 showed 73 percent of Idahoans supported legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, and Rubel and Kingsley predict that number is even higher now.

Still, Republican lawmakers in Wyomingare readying both medical marijuana and decriminalization bills ahead of the legislative session in March. A December poll from the University of Wyoming found 85 percent of residents supportive of medical marijuana legalization.

Sondeno says that he hopes that lawmakers will work with advocates on the issue. Otherwise, they will turn to the ballot.

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