PHOENIX, Ariz., Aug. 28, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — Arizona’s constitution gives voters the right to initiate and decide ballot initiatives. Unfortunately, the ballot initiative process is under attack from politicians.
Tag Archives: Ballot
Utah medical cannabis legalization has taken a critical step forward. After earning the approval of state election officials last week, volunteers with the Utah Patients Coalition started gathering signatures to get medical cannabis on Utah’s ballot in 2018.
Medical marijuana supporters in Utah received a go-ahead from state election officials Thursday to start gathering signatures needed to qualify the measure for the November 2018 ballot.
South Dakota marijuana advocates can attest to the importance of checking your work for errors before submitting for final review. After months of collecting signatures to support a proposed marijuana legalization ballot measure, the marijuana advocacy organization New Approach South Dakota might fall victim to a typo.
It’s been a hot button issue for years, but action in Michigan to legalize recreational marijuana has hit the ground running.
LANSING, Mich., July 10, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — State Rep. Jeff Yaroch has introduced a resolution calling for clarity from the federal government on enforcement of laws involving marijuana.
Activists who say they are tired of waiting for Utah’s conservative Legislature to pass a broad medical marijuana law launched an effort Monday to ask voters next year to pass the law.
LANSING, Mich., May 18, 2017 /Weed Wire/ – The Michigan State Board of Canvassers officially approved today the ballot language put forth by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.
PIERRE, S.D., May 17, 2017 /Weed Wire/ — South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today an Attorney General Explanation for a proposed initiated measure has been filed with the Secretary of State.
The application period for Nevada’s early-start marijuana sales is officially underway. The Department of Taxation began accepting applications Monday for businesses wanting to grow, produce and sell recreational marijuana.
On May 5, 2017, the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol announced that it had submitted its ballot language to state officials and is ready to launch its recreational marijuana petition drive as soon as it earns the approval of the State Board of Canvassers.
Utah’s governor has signed off on a bill that allows research into the risks and benefits of medical marijuana.
Advocates for medical cannabis are beginning the process to put the on the 2018 ballot for Utah voters to decide.
The Massachusetts House and Senate created a new “Committee on Marijuana Policy” to take a second look at the recreational pot law. Top state leaders have several concerns, from public safety to the tax structure, to the number of pot plants someone can grow at home.
A Wyoming medical marijuana initiative that had been in the works since 2015 won’t be on the ballot in 2018.
An EPIC-MRA poll released Friday indicated the majority of voters living in the state would approve a law allowing adult use of the plant.
Maine voters in November approved legalizing marijuana; the law goes into effect January 30.
Potential victories in Arizona, Nevada, Massachusetts and Maine would fill in much of the rest of the West and extend recreational use to the Northeast. Opinion polls show voters favoring the initiative in all five states.In addition, measures to legalize medical marijuana or expand its use are on the ballot in North Dakota, Montana, Arkansas and Florida.
For 20 years now, political pundits have been talking about, and obsessing over “soccer moms.” This year, they could be the key legalizing marijuana for recreational use.
Voters in the Nov. 8 election in Arkansas will still be able to vote on a separate measure that would allow for the regulated use of marijuana for certain medical conditions, where a state commission oversees plant growth and marijuana distribution.
Support for legal marijuana is at an all-time high, according to two new polls. That’s a good sign in and of itself, but especially so with weed on the ballot in multiple states on Nov. 8.
On Oct. 13, 2016, the Arkansas Supreme Court denied a petition to remove Issue 6, a constitutional amendment that would legalize medical marijuana in the state, from the November ballot.
Oct. 12, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a nonprofit group of police, judges, prosecutors, and other criminal justice professionals advocating for marijuana legalization, announced it has endorsed Question 4, a measure legalizing marijuana.
Some California marijuana growers are opposing Proposition 64, the November 2016 ballot measure that if approved by voters would legalize recreational pot in the state. Some of the opposing growers are concerned about overburdens from regulation while others fear big-business competition, according to an Oct. 4, 2016, article at Reuters.com.
Opponents of marijuana legalization in Arizona have more cash on hand than supporters as Election Day approaches, according to Tucson.com. Supporters of Proposition 205—which would legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona—have raised more money, but they also spent a lot while to get 205 on the ballot.
A new initiative petition seeking to reform Idaho’s stringent marijuana laws has hit the streets. Earlier this month, the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office approved a petition that, if passed into law, would create a medical marijuana program in the Gem State. Current Idaho law takes a particularly harsh approach to marijuana compared to neighboring…
It’s one of the biggest debates going on right now in Massachusetts, whether to legalize recreational marijuana.
Just 23 signatures could stand between Missouri and medical marijuana.
It is unlikely that recreational marijuana will appear on the ballot in Michigan this November. According to The Detroit Free Press, the Michigan Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal filed by the group MI Legalize to put a initiative legalizing recreational marijuana on the November ballot.
On Sept. 7, 2016, a new poll revealed that half of Arizona voters support the legalization of recreational marijuana in the state.
On Aug. 31, 2016, the Arizona Supreme Court rejected the final legal challenge to Proposition 205, a voter initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, as reported by the Associated Press.
Florida voters are poised to make some patients in the state users of medical marijuana.
On Aug. 29, 2016, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol filed a lawsuit against the state of Arizona over the ballot summary of Proposition 205, a measure that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state.
Some marijuana advocates in California are opposing Proposition 64, also called the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, a legalization effort that will appear on the state ballot in November. Among the opponents are some who worry about what recreational legalization will do to their medical-marijuana businesses.
The sponsor of a proposed initiative to repeal Montana’s medical marijuana law said Wednesday he won’t appeal a judge’s refusal to place the measure on November’s ballot, but instead will focus on defeating a separate initiative to expand medical pot distribution.
Advocates of legalizing medical marijuana in Oklahoma have collected enough signatures to move forward in a process that could eventually bring the issue to a vote, according to KFOR.com. Supporters needed 66,000 signatures to begin the process of getting State Question 788 on the ballot. They collected 67,761 signatures.
On Aug. 11, 2016, Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan announced that the voter initiative I-08-2016, the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, has met the signature requirement to qualify for the ballot on Nov. 8.
PHOENIX, Aug. 11, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — Secretary of State Michele Reagan has notified Governor Doug Ducey that initiative measure I-08-2016, the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, has met the signature requirements for placement on the November 8, 2016 General Election ballot.
A ballot amendment legalizing medical marijuana in the state of Missouri has failed to qualify for the November ballot.
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), a nonprofit organization of police, judges, prosecutors, and other criminal justice professionals advocating for marijuana legalization, endorses the measure as a means of refocusing the justice system on more serious matters and improving the relationship between communities and police.
On July 7, 2016, Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin confirmed that the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act has received enough valid signatures to appear on the state’s ballot in November.
A new study says Arizonans would spend about $500 million on marijuana if it is legalized for recreational use, according to a Capitol Media Services report at Tucson.com. That would generate about $82 million in taxes for Arizona each year.
A pro-legalization political action committee in Nevada, Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, raised more than $100,000 this month. The PAC supports the Initiative to Regulate and Tax Marijuana, which will appear on the November ballot. If voters affirm the initiative, Nevadans 21 years of age and older will be able to use marijuana recreationally.
California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is telling supporters of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act legalization is not a sure thing. The Adult Use of Marijuana Act is expected soon to be set for November’s ballot, but Newsom, speaking to the National Cannabis Industry Association’s convention in Oakland, Calif., on June 21, 2016, said that does not guarantee its passage.
On June 20, 2016, Arkansans for Compassionate Care, a group pushing for a medical marijuana ballot initiative in the state of Arkansas, submitted signatures to the secretary of state’s office for approval.
A group of activists are suing the state of Michigan in an attempt to get a voter initiative legalizing recreational marijuana on November’s ballot.
Ohioans for Medical Marijuana announced on May 28, 2016, that it was no longer pursuing a constitutional ballot amendment to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio. The news came days after the Ohio state legislature passed HB 523, a bill legalizing medical marijuana in Ohio.
Nebraska’s medical marijuana campaign has hit another major snag. On May 23, 2016, advocates pushing for medical marijuana in the state announced they would no longer be pursuing a 2016 ballot initiative due to prohibitive costs and not enough time.
On April 27, 2016, Maine’s Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol announced that the organization’s legalization initiative has qualified for the November ballot.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Ballot Board certified an initiative on Thursday that would establish a comprehensive medical marijuana program in Ohio.