Marijuana Legalization Initiatives Leading In Latest Polls

Marijuana Legalization Initiatives Leading In Latest Polls

Voters favor legalizing the adult use of cannabis in the five states where the issue will appear on the ballot this Election Day. Here is a summary of the latest polling data.

ARIZONA: Half of Arizona voters intend to vote ‘yes’ in favor of Proposition 205: The Arizona Legalization and Regulation of Marijuana Act, according to an Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News poll. Forty percent of voters oppose the initiative. The Act allows adults age 21 and older to possess and to privately consume and grow limited amounts of marijuana (up…

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Report: Marijuana Legalization Has Had “Minimal” Adverse Impact On Health

Report: Marijuana Legalization Has Had “Minimal” Adverse Impact On Health

WASHINGTON, DC — The enactment of laws regulating the adult use, production, and retail sale of cannabis in four states has had negligible, if any, adverse impact on overall health and safety, according to an analysis commissioned by the CATO Institute – a Washington, DC think-tank.

Researchers from Harvard University and Western Carolina University assessed the impact of marijuana legalization laws in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington on a variety of health and safety outcomes, including drug use, suicide rates, substance abuse…

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Colorado Will Use Marijuana Taxes to Fund Bully Prevention Grants

Colorado Will Use Marijuana Taxes to Fund Bully Prevention Grants

Opponents to marijuana legalization often tout the archaic question, “what about the children?”, despite numerous studies that have shown that marijuana reform generally reduces teen use.

Well, Colorado has the answer.  Ever since the state began taxing retail cannabis sales, schools in the state have benefited, with $40 million already being used to fund new school construction.

Now, state officials are taking it one step further: Using parts of the estimated $66 million in surplus — yes, that’s right, surplus — marijuana tax…

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Arizona Marijuana Legalization Backers Want Equal Treatment from State Official Who Forwarded Anti-Marijuana Email

Arizona Marijuana Legalization Backers Want Equal Treatment from State Official Who Forwarded Anti-Marijuana Email

DES Director Timothy Jeffries came under fire Wednesday for forwarding an email he received from a leader of Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy with a link to their claims about marijuana and alcohol; today, a leader of the Yes on 205 campaign emailed Jeffries a link to its information about marijuana and alcohol and asked him to forward it to the same email list

PHOENIX, AZ — Arizona Department of Economic Security Director Tim Jeffries came under fire Wednesday for using his public email account to widely distribute an email from a…

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New MA Poll Shows Rec Marijuana Winning

A new poll in Massachusetts shows 53% of state voters support a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana, with 40% opposed and 7% undecided.

The poll is the second in less than three weeks to show Massachusetts voters supporting the recreational marijuana legalization ballot measure, which they will decide on Nov. 8. That’s a dramatic shift from previous polls just a few months ago that showed voters split over the measure or rejecting it.


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Support for Marijuana Legalization Growing in Massachusetts

Support for Marijuana Legalization Growing in Massachusetts

BOSTON, MA — Support for a proposed ballot question to legalize, tax and regulate recreational marijuana for adults in Massachusetts continues to grow, according to recent polling data.

A new WBZ-UMass Amherst poll released Wednesday found 53% of Bay State voters favor Question 4, while only 40% were opposed to the measure.  Seven percent remain undecided.

Wednesday’s poll reflects an increase in support for the proposal, which is among several legalization campaigns sponsored by the Washington, DC – based Marijuana Policy Project…

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Arizona: Yes on 205 Marijuana Legalization Campaign Launches TV Ads

Arizona: Yes on 205 Marijuana Legalization Campaign Launches TV Ads

Yes on Prop. 205 Launches Statewide TV Ad Campaign Highlighting the Benefits of Regulating and Taxing Marijuana Like Alcohol

PHOENIX, AZ — The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol launched a statewide TV ad campaign Tuesday in support of Prop. 205. The ad, “Regulation Works,” highlights some of the benefits of regulating and taxing marijuana and sets the record straight about the impact a similar ballot initiative has had in Colorado.

The ad begins by asking, “What can Arizona learn from Colorado?” It then answers, “We can…

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California Marijuana Legalization Prop 64 Leading in Polls

California Marijuana Legalization Prop 64 Leading in Polls

California voters support Proposition 64, which would legalize the recreational use of marijuana, by nearly a two to one margin, according to the latest poll released Friday.

The latest Field Poll/Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley found that 60% of likely voters support the measure, with just 31% opposed and 9% undecided.  Findings of the poll are in line with other recent polling, suggesting Prop 64 is likely to pass in November.

field-poll-results-9-23-16Democrats, liberals and voters living in coastal communities were the most likely to support the…

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Poll Finds Majority of Maine Voters Support Marijuana Legalization Question 1

Poll Finds Majority of Maine Voters Support Marijuana Legalization Question 1

Maine is one of five states voting on legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in November.

PORTLAND, ME — Maine voters are likely to approve Question 1 in November, which will legalize the adult use of marijuana in the state, according to the results of the latest poll.

According to the Portland Press Herald poll released Monday, 53% of statewide voters support.  Only 38% of voters were opposed.

“Every indication so far has been moving in favor of legalization (nationally) and I think that is indicated by the large number of states…

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Nevada Marijuana Legalization Question 2 Leading in Polls

Nevada Marijuana Legalization Question 2 Leading in Polls

Support is growing for Question 2, which would legalize, tax and regulate marijuana in Nevada, according to the latest poll results.

The KTNV/Rasmussen Reports poll released last week found 53% of likely voters support the measure, with only 39% opposed.  Support has grown since a similar poll in July, also conducted by KTNV/Rasmussen, found 50% support for legalization, with 41% opposed.

Support for legalization in Nevada could be even higher, as the Rasmussen polls historically lean Republican, according to a FiveThirtyEight ranking of…

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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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New Jersey: Two Marijuana Legalization Measures Now Pending Before Lawmakers

New Jersey: Two Marijuana Legalization Measures Now Pending Before Lawmakers

TRENTON, NJ — New legislation has been introduced for the 2016/2017 legislative session that seeks to regulate the adult use and retail sale of marijuana.

Assembly Bill 4193 permits marijuana to be sold at convenience stores to adults aged 19 and older in unlimited amounts. The legislation also seeks to expunge the criminal records of past marijuana offenders.

Says the bill’s sponsor, Assembly member Michael Patrick Carroll:

“To me it’s just not a big deal. It’s already ubiquitous. Anybody who thinks this is somehow going to…

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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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Arizona School Officials Endorse Marijuana Legalization Initiative 205

Arizona School Officials Endorse Marijuana Legalization Initiative 205

Arizona School Officials Throw Support Behind Initiative to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, Want Voters to Know That Prop. 205 Will Raise Much-Needed Funding for K-12 Education

PHOENIX, AZ — Several Arizona school officials threw their support behind Prop. 205 on Thursday, highlighting the much-needed revenue that will be raised for K-12 education if voters approve the initiative to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol.

The Yes on 205 campaign received endorsements from Arizona School Boards Association Immediate Past President Jesus…

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Poll Finds Most Coloradans Upbeat About Legal Marijuana, Few Would Support Repeal

Poll Finds Most Coloradans Upbeat About Legal Marijuana, Few Would Support Repeal

Three out of five Colorado voters say regulating and taxing marijuana has been good for the economy, and one out of four say they have a friend, relative, or acquaintance who works for or with a regulated marijuana business

DENVER, CO — A new poll finds Colorado voters are still upbeat about their decision to regulate and tax marijuana for adult use, and few would support repealing Amendment 64, the legalization initiative approved in November 2012.

The results of the statewide survey, which was conducted earlier this month by Public Policy…

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Polls Find Support for California Marijuana Legalization Proposition 64

Polls Find Support for California Marijuana Legalization Proposition 64

The majority of Californians support the passage of a proposed ballot initiative to regulate the use, production, and retail sale of cannabis to adults, according to several recent statewide polls.

Seventy-one percent of Californians say that they are leaning toward voting ‘yes’ on Proposition 64: the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, according to polling data compiled by the CALSPEAKS Opinion Research Center at Sacramento State. Public support in the poll was highest among those between the ages of 18 and 34 (84 percent), Latinos (81…

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Arkansas MMJ Legalization Loses Out on $1M Campaign Donation

A group of anonymous donors, along with the Marijuana Policy Project, were ready to throw a cumulative $1 million behind a campaign to legalize medical cannabis in Arkansas, but decided to devote the money to campaigns elsewhere after a second MMJ initiative qualified for the state ballot.

That’s according to MPP founder and executive director Rob Kampia, who said he tried to get the leaders of the second campaign – Arkansans United for Medical Marijuana – to pull their initiative for the sake of only having one legalization measure…

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New Polls Show Rec MJ Winning in California, Massachusetts

The campaigns to legalize adult-use cannabis in California and Massachusetts are well-positioned to win in November, a trio of polls released this week suggests.

In Massachusetts, a new poll by WBUR/MassINC has found that 50% of voters support the legalization initiative, Question 4, while 45% are opposed and 5% are undecided, MassLive.com reported. It’s the first public poll in months that has found the measure passing; two prior surveys had found Question 4 losing.

MJBizCrashCourseIn California, a pair of new polls have both found solid voter support,…

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Poll: Massachusetts Voters Likely to Approve Legalizing Marijuana

Poll: Massachusetts Voters Likely to Approve Legalizing Marijuana

BOSTON, MA — A new poll released this week finds enough support among Bay State voters to legalize marijuana in Massachusetts this November.

According to a WBUR Poll released Tuesday, Massachusetts voters support Question 4 by a margin of 50% to 45%.

Democrats were more likely to support legalization, with 53% in favor and 41% opposed.  Independent voters narrowly approve of the proposal, 48% to 47%. Republicans, on the other hand, narrowly oppose the measure, 49% to 48%.

When looking at voters by age, there was much stronger support…

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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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CDC: Young People Say Marijuana Is Becoming Less Available

CDC: Young People Say Marijuana Is Becoming Less Available

Prohibitionists often claim that legalizing and regulating marijuana will increase youth access to the plant. But newly released federal data says just the opposite.

Prohibitionists often claim that legalizing and regulating marijuana will increase youth access to the plant. But newly released federal data says just the opposite.

Fewer young people are reporting that marijuana is ‘easy’ to obtain, according to an analysis released this week by the US Centers for Disease Control.

Investigators from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health…

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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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License Plate from a Marijuana State? That’s No Reason to Stop and Search, Fed Court Says

License Plate from a Marijuana State? That’s No Reason to Stop and Search, Fed Court Says

DENVER, CO — Drivers from pot-friendly West Coast states have long complained of “license plate profiling,” claiming state troopers more interested in drug interdiction than traffic safety perch like vultures along the nation’s east-west interstate highways pull them over on pretextual traffic stops—going 71 in a 70 mph zone, failing to wait two full seconds after signaling before making a lane change, weaving within a lane—because their plates make them suspected marijuana traffickers.

Since Colorado blossomed as a medical…

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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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Not Legal Yet: Nearly 500,000 Marijuana Arrests in California in the Last Decade

Not Legal Yet: Nearly 500,000 Marijuana Arrests in California in the Last Decade

OAKLAND, CA — A new report by the Drug Policy Alliance shows that there were nearly half a million marijuana felony and misdemeanor arrests in California between 2006 and 2015. Thousands of Californians are arrested annually for marijuana misdemeanors and felonies. These arrests are not equal. Black and Latino Californians are arrested for marijuana offenses at disproportionately high rates.

In addition, youth under 18 years of age now make up the majority of misdemeanor arrestees.

In 1996 California became the first state to legalize…

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Poll: 2/3 Of Californians Support Legalizing Retail Sales of Marijuana to Adults

Poll: 2/3 Of Californians Support Legalizing Retail Sales of Marijuana to Adults

More than two in three California voters support the establishment of a state-regulated retail market for the sale of marijuana to adults, according to polling data compiled by the Institute of Government Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Sixty-four percent of respondents agree, “Marijuana should be legal for adults to purchase and use recreationally, with government regulations similar to the regulation of alcohol.”

Support is strongest among those between the ages 18 to 24 (75 percent), Democrats (74 percent), African…

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Washington State Surpasses $1 Billion In Retail Marijuana Sales

Washington State Surpasses $1 Billion In Retail Marijuana Sales

OLYMPIA, WA — Licensed retail facilities in Washington state have sold over $1 billion in marijuana flowers and cannabis-infused products since regulators began first permitting such sales two years ago.

Data compiled by the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board reports that legal sales have now yielded over $275 million in tax revenue.

Last month, state-licensed marijuana sales in Washington totaled $121 million – the highest monthly total yet reported by the Board.

In Colorado, retail sales of cannabis have totaled over $1.1 billion in…

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New Infographic Shows Who Buys Legal Marijuana in America

New Infographic Shows Who Buys Legal Marijuana in America

With recreational marijuana sales underway in three states, a fourth one coming soon, and five more states voting on the issue in November, a new infographic released today by New Theory Magazine breaks down who today’s legal cannabis consumers are.

Some interesting findings include:

  • The average age for a recreational marijuana consumer is 37 years old
  • The average annual spending amount for a marijuana consumer is $645 per year
  • The average marijuana consumer spends $33 per trip to a dispensary or retail cannabis outlet
  • More than half of all…

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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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Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Campaign Submits Signatures

A campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Oklahoma submitted tens of thousands of signatures on Thursday to the secretary of state’s office in a bid to get a ballot question before voters this November.

The group, Oklahomans for Health, needed to hand in at least 65,987 valid signatures of registered voters to make the ballot. A campaign spokesman said he’s not certain if organizers gathered enough, but estimated that the group is likely within 5,000 above or below, the Tulsa World reported.

“We are close,” a supporter told the…

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Ending Prohibition When Only 13% of Adults Are Smoking?

Ending Prohibition When Only 13% of Adults Are Smoking?

The latest Gallup Poll, based on polling conducted from July 13-17, 2016, reports that 13% of adults in the US are current marijuana smokers, and 43% have smoked marijuana at some point in their lives. According to Gallup, the numbers of adults acknowledging their personal use of marijuana has risen from 7% in 2013 to 11% in 2015; and to 13% in 2016.

This may surprise some marijuana smokers, who tend to choose their friends (at least partially) based on their mutual enjoyment of marijuana, and to whom it may seem as if a majority of Americans…

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North Dakota to Vote on Legalizing Medical Cannabis

North Dakota could become the cannabis bridge between the Midwest and the western United States if voters there decide to pass a newly certified ballot question this November to legalize medical marijuana.

The North Dakota Compassionate Care Act, which is supported by a committee chaired by Ray Morgan, handed in more than 17,600 signatures a month ago to the secretary of state’s office, which declared on Thursday that it had cleared the hurdle of 13,452 to make the ballot.

If the measure passes, it will be the first in a swath in the middle…

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Pacific U.S. Territory May Vote on Recreational MJ Legalization

The Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. territory closer to Japan than to California, may wind up voting on whether or not to legalize recreational cannabis this fall.

A local Mariana Islands lawmaker is pushing a bill to place a referendum before residents to legalize cannabis for all uses, including medical and recreational, the Denver Post reported, citing various local news outlets.

“The public through our hearings have expressed their desire for full legalization,” Sen. Sixto K. Igisomar, the bill’s proponent, said,…

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A Pathway Towards Marijuana Legalization: The Significance of the Democratic Platform

A Pathway Towards Marijuana Legalization: The Significance of the Democratic Platform

Among all the speeches and balloons and revelry of the recently completed Democratic National Convention — a convention that has already made history by nominating a woman for president – was a far less obvious, but important change in the Democratic Party platform. For the first time since marijuana was made illegal on the federal level in 1937, a major party platform has embraced a strategy they describe as a “reasoned pathway for future legalization.”

Thant’s right. While many mainstream elected officials remain skittish of…

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Separating Myth From Fact: DPA Releases New Marijuana Facts Booklet

Separating Myth From Fact: DPA Releases New Marijuana Facts Booklet

Report Addresses Most Commonly-Asked Questions About Marijuana Use and Its Mfor Historic Votes on Marijuana Law Reform this November

The Drug Policy Alliance on Thursday released Marijuana Facts, intended for non-expert audiences seeking answers to some of the most common questions asked about marijuana use, its effects, and the rapidly-shifting legal landscape.

The booklet addresses 15 frequently-asked questions about subjects such as driving, mental health, brain development, potency, edibles and concentrates.  It touches on marijuana’s…

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Massachusetts Marijuana Legalization Measure Qualifies for November Ballot

Massachusetts Marijuana Legalization Measure Qualifies for November Ballot

Massachusetts voters 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.

CRMLA MassachusettsQuestion 4, The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, permits adults to possess (up to ten ounces) and to cultivate (up to six plants) personal use quantities…

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Arkansas MMJ Legalization Efforts Raising Cash

A campaign hoping to get a second medical cannabis legalization measure on the ballot this fall in Arkansas raised $339,982 last month, bringing its total to $444,982, according to a report released Thursday.

The group – Arkansans United for Medical Marijuana – recently submitted signatures to gets its measure in front of voters and is now waiting to hear from the state if it is approved for the November ballot.

According to the report, the campaign shelled out $244,606 last month, including $226,994 on paid canvassers as the date to…

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Italian Parliament to Consider Marijuana Legalization

Italian Parliament to Consider Marijuana Legalization

Bill to Legally Regulate Marijuana Has Broad Support across Italian Political Spectrum; Italy Hopes to Join Growing List of Countries That Have Recently Reformed Marijuana Laws

Italy may become the next country to legally regulate marijuana, with a legislative proposal expected to be debated in Italy’s Chamber of Deputies on Monday, July 25.

“Italy has rarely if ever provided leadership in Europe on drug policy reform,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the US-based Drug Policy Alliance, “which is why this bill, if it…

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New Poll Spells Bad News for Rec Legalization in MA

More than half of registered voters in Massachusetts are against a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana for people 21 years of age and older, according to a survey by a conservative political action committee from Florida.

The poll by Gravis Marketing for Jobs First found that 51% of Bay State voters said they intend to vote against recreational marijuana legalization question. Another 41% of voters said they would support it, while 9% were undecided.

Massachusetts once seemed a strong prospect for rec legalization, but this is…

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2016 Marijuana-Related Statewide Ballot Proposals

2016 Marijuana-Related Statewide Ballot Proposals

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: 2016 is set to be a monumental year for marijuana law reform. There are currently nine pending ballot initiatives to either legalize adult marijuana use or to legalize the use of medical marijuana for qualifying medical conditions. The country could double the number of states that allow the recreational use of marijuana and could potentially expand the therapeutic benefits of marijuana use to millions of Americans come November.

Find below a summary of each of these pending initiatives, links…

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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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California: What Will Marijuana Legalization Look Like?

Twenty years ago, California led the way on weed, becoming the first state in the nation to approve medical marijuana. Now, while it’s already lost the chance to be the first to legalize recreational use, the Golden State is poised to push legal pot past the tipping point.

Although voters in Colorado and Washington first broke through the grass ceiling in 2012, with Alaska, Oregon, and Washington, DC, following suit in 2014, if and when Californians vote to legalize it this coming November, they will more than triple the size of the…

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Week in Review: Banking Scare, Marijuana Ballot Roundup & Water Rules in California

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By Omar Sacirbey and John Schroyer

An Illinois bank sparks fresh concerns about cannabis and financial institutions, the number of states with certified pro-marijuana ballot measures hits an all-time high, and California MJ growers face new water-use rules.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Banking Scare?

Don’t panic! Just keep good track of your business.

That’s the message a prominent Illinois attorney and former regulatory czar is telling cannabis business and banking leaders…

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Montana, Massachusetts Marijuana Initiatives Make Ballot

A recreational marijuana legalization initiative in Massachusetts and a measure to fully legalize medical dispensaries in Montana both qualified for the 2016 general election ballot this week.

The Massachusetts measure will appear on the ballot as Question 4, according to a statement from the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. The secretary of state notified the campaign on Monday it had made the ballot, after overcoming a recent court challenge.

The Montana measure, known as Initiative 182, was certified for the ballot on…

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Democratic Party Calls for “Pathway for Future Legalization”

Democratic Party Calls for “Pathway for Future Legalization”

Over the weekend the Democratic National Committee voted to endorse a “reasoned pathway to future legalization” of marijuana and called on the federal government to downgrade marijuana from it’s current Schedule 1 of the United States Controlled Substances Act.

In an 80-81 vote, the following language was added as part of the Democratic party’s official 2016 platform:

“Because of conflicting laws concerning marijuana, both on the federal and state levels, we encourage the federal government to remove marijuana from its list as a…

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Democrats Endorse Cannabis Legalization Pathway

After hours of wrangling, the Democratic Party on Saturday endorsed a “reasoned pathway to future legalization” of marijuana as part of its convention platform, and called for MJ to be downgraded from Schedule 1 on the federal government’s list of controlled substances.

Codifying support for the legalization of recreational marijuana is an important step that starkly distinguishes the Democrats from rival Republicans in terms of cannabis policy. Prior to Saturday’s meeting, the two parties and their presumptive White House…

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In Surprise Reversal, Democrats Call for "Pathway" to Marijuana Legalization

In Surprise Reversal, Democrats Call for "Pathway" to Marijuana Legalization

Meeting in Orlando Saturday ahead of the Democratic National Convention later this month, the party’s platform drafting committee dropped a moderate marijuana plank it had adopted only days earlier and replaced it with language calling for rescheduling pot and creating “a reasoned pathway to future legalization.”

Bernie Sanders supporters had pushed earlier for firm legalization language, but had been turned back last week and didn’t have any new language going into this weekend’s platform committee meeting. But on Saturday…

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Week in Review: MMJ Stare Down, Miracle Wager in Cannabis & Colorado’s Industry Unites

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By John Schroyer and Omar Sacirbey

Two medical marijuana campaigns slug it out in Arkansas, Scotts Miracle-Gro wagers big on a different kind of grass, and Colorado cannabis business leaders unite to fight a potency cap.

Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

MAD in Arkansas?

Come November, Arkansas voters may confront two competing – and vastly different – ballot measures to legalize medical cannabis. Both could fail as a result, thanks to a Cold War doctrine: mutually assured…

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Mendocino County Could Adopt Wine Industry-Style Marijuana Appellations

Mendocino County Could Adopt Wine Industry-Style Marijuana Appellations

Before too long, when you sit down to enjoy your 2014 vintage Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, you’ll be able to pair your wine with a nice South Mendocino County Sour Diesel or maybe a Mendocino Covelo/Dos Rios OG Kush for a sip and smoke that hits all the high notes.

That’s right, pot farmers in one of California’s Emerald Triangle marijuana-growing counties are about to follow their brethren in the wine industry by seeking to capitalize on its reputation as a pioneer and still cutting-edge presence in American cannabis…

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Canada Creates Marijuana Legalization Task Force

Canada’s Department of Justice has created a task force to advise the federal government on in its plans to legalize recreational marijuana.

Anne McLellan, a deputy prime minister under former Prime Minister Paul Martin, will chair the nine-member panel, the CBC reported. McLellan also served as a health and justice minister.

“The task force will use what it has heard to advise the government on the design of the legislation and the regulatory framework that will include a new system of strict marijuana sales and distribution,” Justice…

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