The Drug War Chronicle reports that two US State level marijuana initiatives- decriminalization in Maine, and legalization and regulation in Washington, died this week. Maine, which has already decriminalized possession of up to 2.5oz, was looking to increase that to 5oz or 6 pot plants. The Maine DEA and the Maine Prosecutors’ Association lobbied against the bill.

Washington’s bill, to legalize and regulate, which had been fully endorsed by the Seattle and times and the Seattle legislative, failed to make it out of the committee stages. Reformers are currently collecting signatures for a ballot initiative for November elections.

Meanwhile in DC, the new Mayor, Vince Gray, still hasn’t signed the regulations to begin implementation of the District’s medical marijuana program, following on from legislation passed in May 2010.

Over in the UK, the UK CIA news blog reports that the  Legalise Cannabis Alliance has rebranded as CLEAR (Cannabis Law Reform) and the organization’s leader, Pete Reynolds (a regular commenter on this blog) has announced plans to field candidates in local and parliamentary elections to achieve following objectives:

  1. To end the prohibition of cannabis.
  2. To promote as a matter of urgency and compassion the prescription of medicinal cannabis by doctors.
  3. To introduce a system of regulation for the production and supply of cannabis based on facts and evidence.
  4. To encourage the production and use of industrial hemp.
  5. To educate and inform about the uses and benefits of cannabis.

I said before that I’m not sure that direct involvement in national politics is the right way forward, although I’ll be watching with interest to see what involvement in local politics could achieve. I’d also recommend that someone takes down the links  from the old LCA website…check this out: Hilarious(ly bad).