"Most lawmakers are going to respond for their constituents. That’s why the work [we do] around changing laws at the state level is really part and parcel of how we will win at the federal level. Every state that passes adult use means you’re going to gain members of Congress, you’re going to gain two U.S. senators. Even if they don’t become champions, they’re not going to vote no for something their constituents have come to embrace," said Steven Hawkins, MPP's executive director.
"I would be surprised to see law enforcement spend their resources on that. It’s easier to catch a California plate moving into South Dakota. But given the amount of people already traveling from New Jersey to Pennsylvania, I don’t think crackdowns would be feasible," said Matthew Schweich, MPP's deputy director.
"Cannabis criminalization is a cornerstone of the war on drugs. People of color are arrested at far higher rates for marijuana possession than white people, and that’s not due to any difference in usage. That’s just due to a racist policy," said Jared Moffat, MPP's campaigns coordinator.
“The significance of Vermont’s decision to legalize and regulate cannabis sales, especially in a state with a Republican governor and through the legislative process, cannot be overstated," said Steven Hawkins, executive director at the Marijuana Policy Project.