June 2, 2010. The Detroit initiative has qualified for the November ballot!
May 6, 2010. Reformers in Detroit, Michigan, have collected sufficient signatures to put a measure on the November ballot to legalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana on private property by adults 21 or older. It's not a regulation and taxation measure, but more like what Denver did in 2005. Here's their website. And here's some video from local TV. The City Council has ducked the issue, abdicating the policy choice to the voters.
April 9, 2010. Nederland did it!
February 9, 2010. Now another Colorado community, Nederland, is joining.
Signatures are being collected to put a legalization
initiative on the April, 2010, ballot.
January 22, 2010. Two more Colorado municipalities, Aspen and Leadville, are said to be considering "decriminalizing" marijuana.
I suspect they meant "legalizing."
January 16, 2010. News today out of Seattle, Washington, where the newly-elected
district attorney, Pete Holmes, is refusing to prosecute marijuana enforcement
cases, making good on a campaign promise to abide by a 2003 voter referendum
which declared that such cases should be the lowest priority for law enforcement.
This is a classic case of de facto decriminalization.
January 3, 2010.In anticipation of the passage of the Lee Initiative
in November, which will give local governents the right to license, regulate
and tax commerce in cannabis, a San Franciso City Supervisor has urged a that the
voters be heard from as to whether the City should start developing plans
to do that.
I think this is the first of many stories we will see coming out of
On November 3, 2009, voters of Breckenridge,
Colorado, voted to legalize. See Vail Daily of October 30, 2009. Post-election stories here, here, and here. What is significant is that this is not simply
a medical marijuana thing, but the voters repealed local prohibition
for all uses of cannabis. Breckenridge update.
a cute story from a jealous rival ski town.
A few days after the election, a story in the Aspen Daily News indicates that other
towns are considering doing the same thing for next year's election.
Durango? More about Colorado municipalities here.
Denver, Colorado, voted to legalize possession of small amounts
[November 18,2009] Hailey, Idaho! Hailey is a ski town of around 7,000 in
the Idaho mountains. According to today's story at that link, earlier this
year three initiatives were passed by the local voters: "allowing
use of marijuana for medical purposes, legalizing industrial hemp and making
enforcement of the marijuana laws the lowest priority for Hailey police."
The city appointed a Marijuana Oversight Committee to make sense of
it all. The committee decided to focus on medical marijuana. Bravo Hailey!
We'll keep watching.