Michigan Campaign to Make Marijuana Legal in 2018 Officially Launched

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol officially submitted ballot language to the state of Michigan today that would legalize and regulate marijuana.

The signature drive is expected to begin shortly after the State Board of Canvassers meets to review and approve the petition language. After that, the campaign must collect enough signatures to place the marijuana legalization initiative on Michigan’s November 2018 statewide ballot.

Like Michigan’s medical marijuana law, the initiative would create five categories of licensed…

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Voters In Eight States Approve Marijuana Law Reform In Unprecedented Election Victories

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WASHINGTON, DC — Millions of Americans cast votes on Election Day in favor of sweeping statewide marijuana law reforms.

Voters in four states: California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada approved ballot measures legalizing the adult use of cannabis and licensing its commercial production and retail sale. Voters in four additional states: Arkansas, Florida, Montana, and North Dakota approved initiatives legalizing and/or expanding the use and dispensing of cannabis for therapeutic…

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Four States End Marijuana Prohibition, Three Adopt Medical Marijuana Laws in Historic Election

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WASHINGTON — California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada voted to end marijuana prohibition and Arkansas, Florida, and North Dakota adopted medical marijuana laws Tuesday in the most momentous election to date for marijuana policy reform.

Montana approved an initiative to re-establish patients’ access to medical marijuana providers, which was hindered by state lawmakers, and create a more regulated system of medical marijuana production and distribution.

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Marijuana Wins Big on Election Night

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This Election Day was a watershed moment for the movement to end marijuana prohibition, with the results expected to accelerate efforts to legalize marijuana in states across the U.S., at the federal level, and internationally.  Overall, legalization initiatives prevailed in four out of five states, and medical marijuana initiatives prevailed in all four states this year.

Votes are still being counted for legalization initiatives in Maine and Arizona, as well as for a medical…

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Latest Polling Information for the 2016 Marijuana Related Ballot Proposals

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On Tuesday, November 8, nine states will be voting on marijuana related ballot proposals potentially doubling the number of states that allow the recreational use of marijuana and expanding the therapeutic benefits of marijuana use to millions of Americans. Here’s where these measures stand in the latest polls.

Arizona: According to an October Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite poll, 50 percent of registered voters in Arizona favor Proposition 205 and 42 percent oppose it. The…

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Election 2016: Marijuana Law Reform Takes Center Stage

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This Election Day is shaping up to be a watershed moment for efforts to end marijuana prohibition, with five states voting on marijuana legalization and four more on medical marijuana. The results are expected to have major ramifications for marijuana law reform in states across the U.S., at the federal level, and even internationally.

A recent nationwide Gallup poll found that a record 60 percent of respondents support legalizing marijuana, but polls on this year’s…

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Pharma Company Admits Opposing Marijuana Legalization to Protect Its Corporate Profits

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Those of us involved in the marijuana legalization movement have long assumed that those companies that produce and sell competing products — especially alcohol and tobacco — were working behind the scenes to try to maintain marijuana prohibition and to protect their duopoly for legal recreational drugs. These industries have lobbyists who regularly work with state and federal elected officials to keep legal marijuana off the market.

But we now see the pharmaceutical companies…

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After Nearly 80 Years of Marijuana Prohibition, the Tide is Turning

After Nearly 80 Years of Marijuana Prohibition, the Tide is Turning

As marijuana legalization gains traction across the country, some ask “Why now?” A better question perhaps is “How did this prohibition ever last so long?”

People have always suffered the compulsion to hunt scapegoats, and politicians are more than happy to pander to our harshest instincts. With two world wars and the Cold War, the 20th Century in particular, was a time of fear, with a hunger for social control and conformity. The malignant belief of the Communists and other totalitarians in the perfectibility of humanity at any…

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Prop. 205 Camp Slams Opposition Group for Taking Huge Big Pharma Donation

Prop. 205 Camp Slams Opposition Group for Taking Huge Big Pharma Donation

The committee opposing Prop. 205 received $500,000 from Insys Therapeutics, a Chandler-based company that produces ‘the most potent and dangerous opioid on the market,’ whose aggressive marketing and other shady business practices have triggered multiple federal and state investigations

Yes on 205 campaign says Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy is ‘now a complete misnomer,’ slams group for accepting a half-million dollar contribution from developer of ‘pharmaceutical cannabinoids’

PHOENIX, AZ — Supporters of Proposition…

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Montana Dispensaries Close Doors in Response to New Curbs

Montana’s medical marijuana dispensaries closed their doors in response to new restrictions Wednesday limiting each storefront to just three patients, a move that forced them out of business, the Associated Press reported.

Now the dispensaries must look to voters for a new lease on life. Local residents will go to the polls in November and vote on an initiative backed by the Montana Cannabis Industry Association that aims to legalize the MMJ industry.

MJBizCrashCourseThe restrictions took effect in response to a long-delayed 2011 state law that has now…

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Arizona Marijuana Legalization Prop 205 Cleared for November Ballot

Arizona Marijuana Legalization Prop 205 Cleared for November Ballot

PHOENIX, AZ — Voters in Arizona will decide this November on a statewide ballot measure to legalize and regulate the adult use and retail sale of cannabis.

The Secretary of State’s office has confirmed that initiative proponents, The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol, submitted a sufficient number of signatures from registered voters to qualify the measure for the November ballot.

Arizona - Yes on 205A Maricopa County judge has also dismissed a lawsuit that sought to prohibit the measure from going before voters, although initiative opponents may…

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Arizona Judge Dismisses Marijuana Legalization Opponents’ Lawsuit

Arizona Judge Dismisses Marijuana Legalization Opponents’ Lawsuit

Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol calls on Yavapai and Maricopa county prosecutors, who were plaintiffs in the lawsuit, to accept the court’s ruling and focus on fighting serious crimes instead of citizen initiatives

PHOENIX, AZ — On Friday, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by opponents of Proposition 205 who want to keep the measure off the November ballot.

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which is supporting Proposition 205, is calling on Yavapai County Attorney Sheila Polk and…

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These 5 States Will Vote on Marijuana Legalization in November

These 5 States Will Vote on Marijuana Legalization in November

Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan last week certified a marijuana legalization initiative for the November ballot, setting the stage for a national election that will see the issue go directly to the voters in five states, including California, the nation’s most populous.

Four states have already legalized marijuana at the ballot box, Colorado and Washington in 2012 and Alaska and Oregon in 2014. The District of Columbia also legalized marijuana—but not commercial sales—in 2014.

But those states combined only have a population…

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National NORML Endorses Arizona Marijuana Legalization Initiative

National NORML Endorses Arizona Marijuana Legalization Initiative

WASHINGTON, DC — At a board meeting held on Saturday, February 20th in Washington, DC, the NORML Board of Directors voted to endorse the Arizona Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act initiative to legalize marijuana in Arizona. That initiative has now officially qualified for the ballot in November.

The NORML Board reversed its former policy of waiting until an initiative has officially qualified for the ballot before endorsing it, believing our endorsement could have a greater impact on the eventual outcome if it came earlier in the…

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Arizona: Marijuana Legalization Poised to Appear on November Ballot

Arizona: Marijuana Legalization Poised to Appear on November Ballot

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol submitted 258,582 petition signatures to the Secretary of State on Thursday; 150,642 valid signatures needed to qualify

PHOENIX, AZ — A citizen initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Arizona is poised to appear on the November ballot after proponents turned in their petition Thursday with more than enough signatures to qualify.

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) submitted 258,582 total signatures to the Arizona Secretary of State. 150,642 valid signatures of Arizona…

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Arizona Congressman Endorses Marijuana Legalization Iniatitive

Arizona Congressman Endorses Marijuana Legalization Iniatitive

Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) Endorses Initiative to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Arizona

PHOENIX, AZ — Congressman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) announced Monday that he is endorsing an initiative poised for the November ballot that would end marijuana prohibition in Arizona and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol.

“Forcing sales of this plant into the underground market has resulted in billions of dollars flowing into the hands of drug cartels and other criminals,” Rep. Gallego said….

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Arizona Parents Group Launches Pro-Marijuana Billboard

Arizona Parents Group Launches Pro-Marijuana Billboard | Marijuana Policy Project

PHOENIX, AZ — A group of concerned parents, organized for the purpose of highlighting the benefits of regulating marijuana to protect teens, launched a Father’s Day-themed billboard Thursday in support of the initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol in Arizona. Parents for Responsible Regulation (PRR) revealed the billboard at a 10 am news conference. The billboard, which will […]

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Arizona Marijuana Backers Call on Opposition Return $10K Donation From Alcohol Industry

Arizona Marijuana Backers Call on Opposition Return $10K Donation From Alcohol Industry

Initiative proponents, noting marijuana is far less dangerous than alcohol, say it would be ‘grossly hypocritical’ if Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy used alcohol money to fund its campaign to keep marijuana illegal for adults

PHOENIX, AZ — The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA), the committee backing an initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Arizona that is expected to appear on the November ballot, has called on leaders of the committee opposing the measure to return a contribution from the alcohol…

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Mississippi’s Initiative 48 Marijuana Legalization Drive Falls Short

Mississippi’s Initiative 48 Marijuana Legalization Drive Falls Short

Supporters only gathered 13,300 of the required 107,000 signatures needed to qualify for the 2016 ballot.

JACKSON, MS — An attempt to ask Mississippi voters to legalize marijuana in November has fallen far short of the signatures needed to quallify for the November ballot.

Supporters of Ballot Initiative 48 have been working since 2014, when the proposal was first filed, to place the measure before voters in 2016.  When a late-December deadline for collecting and submitting signatures to the state passed, supporters had only managed to…

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Arizona Marijuana Legalization Supporters Collect 100,000 Signatures

Arizona Marijuana Legalization Supporters Collect 100,000 Signatures

PHOENIX, AZ  — Supporters of a proposal to legalize marijuana in Arizona are ahead of schedule in efforts to collect enough signatures to place the measure before voters in 2016.

As of Friday, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Arizona, which is backed by the national Marijuana Policy Project, has collected over 100,000 petition signatures, well ahead of schedule to submit the necessary 150,642 valid signatures to the Secretary of State’s office by July 7.

The proposed initiative would allow adults 21 and older to…

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Arizona Marijuana Legalization Campaign Launches Halloween Themed Billboard

Arizona Marijuana Legalization Campaign Launches Halloween Themed Billboard

Ad satirizing ‘Reefer Madness’-style propaganda comes as opponents ramp up efforts to scare voters into keeping marijuana illegal for adults

PHOENIX — Backers of a proposed 2016 ballot initiative to end marijuana prohibition in Arizona launched a Halloween-themed billboard Monday morning that highlights the relative safety of marijuana compared to alcohol.

The orange and black ad, which satirizes “Reefer Madness”-style anti-marijuana propaganda, comes as opponents of the proposed initiative are ramping up efforts to scare voters…

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Arizona Marijuana Legalization Drive Collects 50k Signatures in 10 Weeks

Arizona Marijuana Legalization Drive Collects 50k Signatures in 10 Weeks

PHOENIX, AZ — Supporters hoping to place an initiative to legalize marijuana in Arizona on the 2016 ballot reached a major milestone in their signature gathering campaign this week.

AZ Marijuana Iniatitive progress Arizona’s Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) announced Wednesday that they have collected 50,000 signatures in 10 weeks.

Organizers say the quick start to the signature campaign demonstrates that time has come to change Arizona’s marijuana laws.

“Adults of all ages and political stripes want to vote for this in November 2016,” campaign…

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