The 2014 election is fast approaching and we have the opportunity to legalize marijuana in two more states and the District of Columbia, approve medical marijuana in Florida, and legalize or decriminalize in localities across the nation. Oregon, Alaska, and DC will be voting to legalize marijuana use by responsible adults and Florida will be voting on a medical marijuana initiative. We can build on our victories in 2012, by making the United States a little bit greener this fall, but we need your help. We need you to vote, volunteer, and donate to efforts to pass these intitiatives. This page will serve as a hub with summaries of all measures that are up for vote, their recent polling data, links to voter registration and voting information, and opportunities to volunteer with NORML to achieve victory in November. Come back often as this page will be frequently updated with new information.
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Now that you are registered to vote and know where your polling place is, time to step up and take action! NORML is recruiting volunteers to assist us with Get Out the Vote efforts in all of the initiative states. If you want to get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "I Want to Smoke the Vote." Be sure to include which initiatives you wish to work on, if you'd be on the ground or remote from another state, and if you are interested in being a NORML Street Team Leader or Volunteer. We will need all the help we can get educating the public and ensuring they show up to vote YES on these initiatives, so please contribute as much or as little of your time as you can. Be a part of history as we continue the march to nationwide legalization!
Alaska: Measure 2 (Legalization)
Campaign Website: http://regulatemarijuanainalaska.org/
From The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Alaska
The following is an overview of the proposed ballot measure:
- Includes a statement saying the initiative is not intended to diminish the rights established by the Alaska Supreme Court in the Ravin case, which allow citizens to possess a limited amount of marijuana in their homes. It also includes a statement saying the initiative will not diminish the rights of patients or caregivers under Alaska’s medical marijuana law.
- Makes possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and up to six plants (three flowering) legal for adults 21 years of age or older. It also allows adults to possess the marijuana produced by the plants on the premises where the plants are grown.
- Makes manufacture, sale and possession of marijuana accessories legal.
- Grants regulatory oversight to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, but gives the legislature the authority to create a new Marijuana Control Board at any time.
- The regulatory board has nine months to enact regulations, and applications shall be accepted one year after the effective date of the initiative.
- Creates the following marijuana establishments: marijuana retail stores, marijuana cultivation facilities, marijuana infused-product manufacturers, and marijuana testing facilities.
- Allows localities to ban marijuana establishments, but they cannot prohibit private possession and home cultivation.
- Establishes an excise tax of $50 per ounce on sales or transfers from a marijuana cultivation facility to a retail store or infused-product manufacturer.
- Consumption of marijuana in public will remain illegal and punishable by a $100 fine.
- The initiative does NOT change existing laws related to driving under the influence.
- Allows employers to maintain restrictions on marijuana use by employees.
You can read the full text of the initiative here.
: 57% support, 39% opposed, 4% undecided (September/October 2014)
: 43% support, 53% oppose, 4% undecided (September/October 2014)
Public Policy Polling
: 44% support, 49% oppose, 8% Undecided (August 2014)
Vote YES on Alaska's Measure 2
Oregon: Measure 91 (Legalization)
Campaign Website: www.voteyeson91.com/
- Removes penalties for adults over the age of 21 who possess, use, and grow a limited amount of marijuana.
- The Oregon Liquor Commission would be tasked to establish a system of state regulated marijuana processors, wholesalers, retailers, and producers.
- Individuals over 21 will be able to possess up to eight ounces of marijuana and grow no more than four marijuana plants per household.
- Individuals over 21 would be able to purchase up to an ounce of marijuana, 16 ounces of marijuana products in solid form, or 72 ounces of marijuana products in liquid form.
You can read the full text of the measure here.
: 52% support, 41% oppose, 7% undecided (October 2014)
: 51% support to 41% oppose, 8% undecided (June 2014)
Vote YES on Measure 91.
Washington, DC: Initiative 71 (Legalization)
Campaign Website: www.dcmj.org
If approved, Initiative 71 would:
- Legalize adult possession of up to two ounces of marijuana for personal use.
- Allow adults over 21 to grow no more than six cannabis plants with 3 or fewer being mature, flowering plants, within the person’s principal residence.
- Allow for the transfer without payment (but not sell) up to one ounce of marijuana to another person 21 years of age or older.
- Allow for the use or sale drug paraphernalia for the use, growing, or processing of marijuana or cannabis.
Full text of the initiative can be read here.
(Ballot Question Specific): 65% support, 33% opposed, 2% undecided (September 2014)
Washington Post (Not Ballot Initiative Specific)
: 63% support legalization, 34% oppose, 3% undecided (January 2014)
Vote YES on the Initiative 71.
Florida: Question 2 (Medical Marijuana)
Campaign Website: www.unitedforcare.org
Allows the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician. Allows caregivers to assist patients’ medical use of marijuana. The Department of Health shall register and regulate centers that produce and distribute marijuana for medical purposes and shall issue identification cards to patients and caregivers. Applies only to Florida law. Does not authorize violations of federal law or any non-medical use, possession or production of marijuana.
You can read the full text of the ballot question here.
Vote YES on Question 2.
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