Marijuana Legalization 2014: Colorado, Florida, Alabama Seeing Sales, Arrests

Marijuana legalization in 2014 is about to hit yet another important threshold in Colorado and Florida. But while some states are starting legal marijuana sales, other states are arguing over marijuana legalization, and still others are arresting people.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, fake pot is actually more dangerous than real marijuana leaves, according to doctors. And many people are interested in selling the real thing, with marijuana business opportunities being the talk of the entrepreneur world.

Colorado’s marijuana legalization just reached an important milestone because the first stores licensed for recreational marijuana were able to start making their sales to anyone over age 21. Thousands of people all over the state stood in lines for hours at the 37 stores, and police say the crowds were calm enough to have been stoned already. Sean Azzariti, an Iraq War veteran, was the very first customer. He had campaigned for marijuana legalization because of his PTSD.

In Florida, marijuana is still illegal for medical purposes, never mind recreational marijuana. Florida residents have until February to gather 700,000 signatures on a marijuana legalization petition that could give voters a chance to decide if they want medical marijuana legal in Florida. But it’s still possible the Florida Supreme Court could put a halt to any marijuana legalization efforts if they decide the wording of the ballot is incorrect.

But in some states like Alabama, marijuana legalization isn’t making much headway at all. Police recently arrested a marijuana legalization advocate named Christopher Lee Butts, who is the co-president and board chair of the Alabama Medical Marijuana Coalition. In addition, they charged Butts and four other people with trafficking illegal drugs. Police say after searching a residential home they found 30 plants and several buds that were part of an illegal growing operation.

This just goes to show how different the state of affairs can be from state to state in America. While people in Colorado are celebrating marijuana legalization, Butts is being held in jail on a $1 million bond.

Do you think President Obama and Congress should make marijuana legalization a priority in 2014?