Voters in Ohio and Wisconsin approved a series of binding and non-binding local marijuana reform initiatives on Election Day. In Ohio, voters in five cities — including Dayton (population 140,000) — approved municipal ordinances seeking to either eliminate or significantly reduce local fines and penalties associated with marijuana-related offenses. Voters approved similar measures in the communities of […]
Gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker, who has been a vocal supporter of legalizing, taxing, and regulating cannabis for adults’ use, appears to have handily won Illinois’s gubernatorial election. While official election results are still pending, both the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times reported a margin of victory of around 55% of the vote. In the race for state attorney […]
Marijuana reformers enjoyed numerous federal, state, and local victories on election night. Here are the highlights. STATE BALLOT INITIATIVES Florida: Sixty-three percent of Florida voters approved Amendment 4, which amends the state constitution to restore voting privileges to those with non-violent felony convictions – including tens of thousands of those convicted of marijuana-related offenses. Passage of the […]
United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions today announced that he is resigning, effective immediately, from the office of the Department of Justice. In both his tenure in Congress and as Attorney General, Sessions was a longstanding, vocal opponent of marijuana policy reform, who once opined, “Good people don’t smoke marijuana.” As Attorney General, his office rescinded the 2013 Cole memorandum […]
Voters in conservative Utah have decided to join the growing number of states legalizing medical marijuana and expanding Medicaid to cover tens of thousands more low-income residents, two issues that had long stalled out with conservative state lawmakers.
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All cannabis reform measures except one were passed by voters in November and voting rights were restored to felons in Florida as a "Blue Wave" of Democrats in the House broke the GOP led logjam that blocked federal reform. Senate remains in hands of the Reds, allowing Trump to appoint more authoritarian judges.
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The next U.S. attorney general is going to have to respect the decision of Colorado and other states to legalize recreational and medical marijuana -- at least if Republican Sen.
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With its youthful vibe and eclectic mix of culture, a small Massachusetts city seems a logical site for the nation's first legal recreational marijuana sales east of Colorado.
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The Governor for the US territory of Guam signed interim legislation in October, permitting qualified medical marijuana patients and their caregivers the ability to grow personal use amounts of cannabis at home while waiting for the regulated marketplace to take root. Voters in November 2014 approved a ballot measure establishing a medical cannabis program but, as of April 2018, no patients […]
In midterm elections that saw Democrats gain control of the House and reaffirmed Republican control of the Senate, more states also voted to legalize marijuana.
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Texas Republican and ardent marijuana prohibitionist Pete Sessions trails by four points in his re-election bid, according to polling data released yesterday. According to the survey results, Sessions is behind Democratic challenger Colin Allred by a margin of 46 percent to 42 percent in the race for Texas’ 32nd Congressional District. As a member of Congress, Sessions […]
This Election Day is shaping up to be a crucial moment for the movement to end the war on drugs – with Michigan and North Dakota voting on marijuana legalization, Utah and Missouri deciding on medical marijuana, and Ohio choosing whether to reduce drug possession from a felony to a misdemeanor. The results are expected […]
Voters in Missouri approved Amendment 2 on Tuesday, making it the 31st state in the nation to adopt an effective medical marijuana law. The measure was leading 64-36 with 49 percent of precincts reporting when The New York Times called the election. Effective medical marijuana laws have now been adopted in 31 states, including Missouri, […]
The outcome of today’s election puts New Mexico in position to advance marijuana legalization through the state legislature. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who won the governor’s race, has been an ardent supporter of the state’s medical cannabis program, from helping implement the program while she was Secretary of Health to supporting congressional legislation to allow veterans […]
Florida voters today passed Amendment 4, which amends the state constitution to restore voting privileges to those with non-violent felony convictions. Under Florida law, first-time possession of marijuana in amounts greater than 20 grams (less than one ounce) is classified under state law as a felony offense. Only one other state, Arizona, classifies minor marijuana offenses so […]
Voters in Michigan approved a ballot initiative Tuesday to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana for adult use. Proposal 1 was leading 58-42 with 54 percent of precincts reporting when CNN called the election. Michigan is the 10th state to make marijuana possession legal for adults 21 and older, and it is the ninth state to […]
Michigan Becomes First State in Midwest to Legalize Marijuana, As Missouri Approves Medical Marijuana and Florida Restores Felony Voting Rights
This Election Day showed the burgeoning political clout of the drug policy reform movement, with the results expected to accelerate efforts to legalize marijuana and to end the broader war on drugs in states across the U.S., at the federal level, and internationally. Michigan voters approved Proposal 1, a ballot initiative to legalize, regulate and […]
One of Congress’ most powerful and vocal marijuana prohibitionists, Republican Pete Sessions of Texas, failed in his re-election bid for Congress’ 32nd District. Sessions was defeated by Democratic challenger Colin Allred. Representative Sessions used his position as Chairman of the House Rules Committee to block House floor members from voting on over three-dozen marijuana-related amendments during his leadership tenure. […]
Michigan Voters Overwhelmingly Pass Proposition 1 Legalizing the Retail Sale of Marijuana for Adults
With the approval of voter-initiated Proposal 1, Michigan has become the 10th state to legalize the possession and use of marijuana for adults. NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri said, “Voters in Michigan sent a resounding rebuke to their state’s failed policy of prohibition and elected to follow a new, more sensible path of regulation and legalization. […]
With the approval of Proposition 2, Utah has become the 33rd state to regulate the licensed production and distribution of medical cannabis products to qualified patients. The vote comes ahead of a proposed special legislative session of the Utah legislature to address specific rules and regulations governing medical cannabis patient access. “It is our hope […]
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