New year brings change for conservative marijuana laws

Capelli D'Angelo

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As Americans watch state and federal marijuana policy clash, 2016 is sure to bring more change than ever before. A Huffington Post article written by the Executive Director of the Marijuana Policy Project, Rob Kampia, highlights states that are well on their way to new legislature.

Kampia expects Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada to vote on new marijuana policy in November. He also explained how crucial changes in federal policy next year could be a giant step for marijuana activists.


Several federal measures have already been proposed. One to allow veterans access to medical marijuana if recommended by their doctor, in states where it is legal. Congress has also pursued changes in the current spending bill that would allow state hemp regulation.

Another hot topic stoners all over the world are curious about is onsite consumption. We have all heard about coffeeshops in Amsterdam. When will Americans see places like this?

The answer is simple: soon.

According to Kampia, Alaska, Denver and the District of Columbia will most likely be the first to take initiative to legalize these types of establishments. Conflicting law may permit those licensed from actually selling marijuana themselves. Meaning, people would have to bring their own party supplies.

“In sum, November 8 will clearly be the most significant day in the most significant year in the history of marijuana policy reform,” Kampia said in the editorial.