In just three days, on Tuesday, November 4th, the 2014 general election will be upon us. In this election, numerous states and localities will be voting on initiatives to reform their cannabis policies. Polling shows that most of these measures are incredibly close, further emphasizing the need for cannabis advocates to VOTE!
Here’s a brief breakdown of the proposals being voted on this Tuesday.
In Alaska, voters will have the opportunity to make the legalization of cannabis a constitutional amendment; Ballot Measure 2 would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older, and would authorize cannabis retail outlets to distribute the plant. Early and absentee voting is currently underway.
In California, the approval of Proposition 47 this Tuesday would remove felony charges for the personal possession of controlled substances, reducing the sentence to a misdemeanor. The initiative would also defelonize other nonviolent offenses such as petty theft. Early voting is currently underway, and ends on Monday.
In Florida, Amendment 2 would legalize the possession, use and distribution of medical cannabis for those who receive a recommendation from a physician. Patients, or their caregiver, would be authorized to possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis. Dispensaries will be allowed as a means of safe access to the medicine. Early voting is now underway.
Oregon Measure 91 would legalize the possession of up to half a pound (eight ounces) of cannabis, giving Oregon the most progressive cannabis possession law in the world. The proposal would also legalize the cultivation of up to four plants, as well as state-licensed retail outlets.
Initiative 71 would legalize cannabis in the U.S. Capitol, allowing everyone 21 and older to possess and use of up to two and a half ounces of cannabis. Saturday is the last day for early voting.
South Portland, Maine and Berkley, Michigan:
Voters in both South Portland, Maine, and Berkley, Michigan, will be voting on initiatives to legalize cannabis. The proposals would allow those 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of cannabis.
As the election nears, we can’t say it enough; VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!