Arizona Poll Shows Cannabis Legalization in Position to be Approved this November

Arizona Poll A new Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News poll has found that a plurality of voters in Arizona support legalizing cannabis. This is great news for proponents of Proposition 205, a cannabis legalization initiative being voted on this November.

According to the poll – which has a margin of error of 3.4% – 50% of voters in Arizona say they support legalizing recreational cannabis for everyone 21 and older. Just 39.9% are opposed to the idea, with 10% remaining undecided. Based on his poll, if the election were held today Prop 205 would be passed into law if just 0.1% of the undecided 10% of voters decided to vote in favor of it.

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Superior Court Judge Rules Arizona’s Legalization Initiative Can Appear on November Ballot

Arizona Legalization InitiativeA Maricopa County Superior Court judge dismissed a lawsuit today filed by opponents of Proposition 205, which would legalize cannabis for everyone 21 and older; the goal of the lawsuit was to keep the measure off the November ballot.

“We are pleased with the court’s ruling and that Arizona voters will be able to exercise their right to vote on Proposition 205,” says J.P. Holyoak, Chairman of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA). “This was a frivolous and politically motivated lawsuit. If these county prosecutors dislike this ballot measure, they should take their arguments to the voters, not to our overburdened court system. We hope they will accept the court’s ruling and return to waging legal battles against dangerous criminals rather than citizen initiatives.”

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Arizona Cannabis Legalization Initiative Placed on November Ballot as Proposition 205

proposition 205Arizona officials today announced that the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol submitted enough valid signatures for their cannabis legalization initiative to be placed on the November ballot; it will appear as Proposition 205.

The group submitted 258,582 signatures at the end of June, far greater than than the 150,642 required to put the measure to a vote of the people this November, though it took until today for the state to verify that enough of the signatures were valid (from registered Arizona voters).

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Massachusetts Supreme Court Rules Legalization Initiative can Appear on November Ballot

massaThe Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that an initiative to legalize cannabis for everyone 21 and older can appear on this November’s general election ballot. The ruling comes a day after the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol announced that they’ve collected over twice the amount necessary to put the initiative to a vote of the people.

This is how the measure will appear on the ballot: “A YES VOTE would allow persons 21 and older to possess, use, and transfer marijuana and products containing marijuana concentrate (including edible products) and to cultivate marijuana, all in limited amounts, and would provide for the regulation and taxation of commercial sale of marijuana and marijuana products.”

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Over 250,000 Signatures Submitted on Arizona Initiative to Legalize Cannabis

waThe Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) today submitted 258,582 total signatures to the Arizona Secretary of State for their initiative to legalize cannabis for everyone 21 and older. This is far greater than than the 150,642 required to put the measure to a vote of the people this November.

“We are very encouraged by the strong levels of support and enthusiasm we found among voters during the petition drive,” says CRMLA Chairman J.P. Holyoak. “Arizonans are ready to end the antiquated policy of marijuana prohibition and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol. We look forward to continuing the public conversation about the initiative, and we think most will agree it is a sensible step forward for our state.”

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215,000 Signatures Collected on Arizona Initiative to Legalize Cannabis, Likely to be on November Ballot

large_15749_madmanogbud_1333590824Activists in Arizona have collected over 215,000 signatures on their initiative to legalize recreational cannabis for everyone 21 and older, well more than the 150,000 needed to place the measure on the November presidential election ballot.

Although the number of signatures for the measure has far surpassed the 150,000 mark, the Arizona Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol is aiming to collect a total of 230,000, in order to fully account for invalid signature (any duplicate signature or any signature from someone not registered to vote in Arizona).

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Poll: 55% of Maine Voters Support Initiative to Legalize Cannabis on November Ballot

Marijuana_Plants-3An initiative to legalize recreational cannabis for everyone 21 and older in Maine was recently placed on this November’s ballot, and according to new polling voters are prepared to pass the measure into law.

According to the poll, conducted by Critical Insights and commissioned by the Marijuana Policy Project, 55% of voters in Maine support the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol initiative to legalize cannabis, which recently qualified for the November ballot despite being initially denied by the state (something a judge overruled); just 41% are opposed.

When asked; “regardless of how you feel about this specific initiative, do you favor or oppose taxing, regulating and legalizing marijuana for adults?”, support rose by 4%, with 59% in support to 35% opposed.

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Initiative to Legalize Cannabis Placed on November Ballot in Maine

maineMaine officials on Wednesday announced that an initiative to legalize recreational cannabis for everyone 21 and older has officially qualified for this year’s general election ballot, meaning it will be voted on this November.

“This November, Maine voters will have the opportunity to adopt a more sensible marijuana policy”, says David Boyer, Campaign Manager for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. “It is time to replace the underground market with a regulated system of licensed marijuana businesses. It is time to redirect our state’s limited law enforcement resources toward addressing serious crimes instead of enforcing failed prohibition policies. And it is time to stop punishing adults for using a substance that is significantly less harmful than alcohol.”

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Initiative to Legalize Cannabis in Arizona Reaches Milestone — 200,000 Signatures

The Arizona Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol announced today that it has collected more than 200,000 signatures in support of a proposed initiative to end cannabis prohibition in the state.bud Although this is well passed the 150,642 required to place the measure on this November’s general election ballot, the campaign plans to continue collecting to ensure that enough valid signatures are collected (any signature from a non-registered voter, and any duplicate signature, is considered invalid by the state).

“Voters want to have their say on whether Arizona should end marijuana prohibition,” says Campaign Chairman J.P. Holyoak. “It’s appearing more and more likely that they are going to have that opportunity. We’re finding that most Arizonans agree marijuana should be regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol.”

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Enough Signatures Collected in Maine to Put Cannabis Legalization to a Vote

maineThe Maine Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol will submit more than 100,000 signatures to state officials on Monday in support of a ballot initiative to end cannabis prohibition. The campaign needs to submit 61,123 valid signatures from registered Maine voters to qualify for the November ballot.

State Representative Diane Russell will join the campaign for a news conference at 10 a.m. ET in front of the campaign’s headquarters in Falmouth (183 U.S. Route 1) on Monday. Campaign leaders and volunteers will then load boxes of petitions onto a truck and deliver them to the Maine Secretary of State in Augusta (111 Sewall St.) at approximately 12 p.m. ET.

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