New England lawmakers are considering following Colorado and Washington’s lead in legalizing marijuana. Lawmakers from Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts have all expressed that they intend to file marijuana legalization bills in 2013.
At a press conference, Rhode Island state Representative Edith Ajello indicated that she will file a legalization bill next year. “Our prohibition failed,” she explained. “I think legalizing and taxing it, just as we did to alcohol, is the way we do it.”
Maine state Representative Diane Russell said that she will also introduce a legalization bill, LD 1453 in the state. She explained, “The people are far ahead of the politicians on this. Just in the past few weeks we’ve seen the culture shift dramatically.”
Massachusetts and Vermont legislators have also indicated that they will introduce full legalization bills in 2013. The legislative process can be slow so the road toward legalizing marijuana in New England could prove to take some time.
Every New England state, aside from New Hampshire, has legalized medical marijuana. It seems natural that full legalization would be the next step.