The White House launched its “We the People” online petition platform and cannabis advocates are already burning it up.
As of 7:30 p.m. (EST), four of the 9 petitions created pertain to issues involving the legalization of marijuana or hemp. One, “Legalize and Regulate Marijuana in a Manner Similar to Alcohol,” has already received 6,035 signatures, well above the 5,000 needed to get an official response from the “appropriate public policy officials.”
According to the We the People website, The White House “will do our best to respond to petitions that meet this threshold in a timely manner, but it may take a few weeks to issue an official response.”
Other marijuana and hemp-related submissions include:
- Legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana. (1,316 signatures)
- Allow Industrial Hemp to be Grown in the U.S. Once Again (974 signatures)
- Stop Interfering With State Marijuana Legalization Efforts (908 signatures)
Citizens can submit or vote on petitions at the We the People website, located at whitehouse.gov/wethepeople.