Eureka Springs, AR: Eureka Springs city election officials confirmed this week that a municipal initiative that seeks to decriminalize minor marijuana possession offenses has been certified to appear on the November 2006 ballot.
Sponsored by the Fayetteville/University of Arkansas chapter of NORML, the proposal direct local law enforcement to issue a summons in lieu of a criminal arrest for adults found to be in possession of up to one ounce of cannabis and or marijuana paraphernalia.
Several municipalities – including most notably Ann Arbor, Michigan and Madison, Wisconsin – have enacted local decriminalization laws. Voters in Columbia, Missouri passed a similar ballot initiative in 2004 amending the city criminal code to depenalize the possession of marijuana and/or paraphernalia to a fine-only offense.
Voters in several cities – including Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, and Santa Monica, California, as well as Missoula, Montana – will also decide on municipal ballot measures to liberalize marijuana possession laws this fall.
A summary of this November’s ‘pot-friendly’ state and local ballot initiatives is available at: http://www.norml.org.