Proponents of California’s Cannabis Legalization Initiative Have Raised Over $11 Million

California's Cannabis LegalizationProponents of California’s Proposition 64 to legalize cannabis for everyone 21 and older have raised $11.5 million in support for their proposal, according to state data.

The initiative’s biggest donor is former Facebook President Sean Parker at $2,303,965, followed by Drug Policy Action at $1.75 million, the New Approach PAC at $1,500,000, Weedmaps at $750,000 and Nicholas Pritzker at $250,000.

The $11.5 million raised is over 60 times the amount raised by the largest group opposed to Proposition 64, No on Prop 64; they’ve raised under $200,000.

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New Poll Finds 57% of Alaska Voters Support Initiative to Legalize Cannabis

Less than a month before Alaska voters decide the fate of Ballot Measure 2, an initiative to legalize recreational cannabis, a new Ivan Moore Research poll has found that a majority isalaskapoll in support of the initiative.

According to the poll, 57.2% of Alaska voters support the initiative to legalize cannabis, with just 38.7% opposed.

The poll asked the question directly as it will appear on ballots.

Under Ballot Measure 2, those 21 and older would be allowed to cultivate up to 6 cannabis plants, in addition to possessing and purchasing up to an ounce. State-licensed cannabis retail outlets would be authorized and regulated by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

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Oregon’s Largest Newspaper Endorses Cannabis Legalization Initiative Measure 91

The Oregonian, Oregon’s largest newspaper, has officially endorsed Measure 91, a proposal on this November’s ballot which would legalize recreational cannabis for those 21 and older.oregonian

“Measure 91, far from revolutionary, would simply allow Oregon adults to obtain something they may obtain now, but without having to stroll through a “medical” loophole or drive over a bridge to a neighboring state”, states the editorial, written by the Oregonian Editorial Board. “The measure would be worth supporting for reasons of honesty and convenience alone, but it also would raise millions of dollars per year for schools and other purposes. For that reason, it deserves support even from those who aren’t normally high on taxes.”

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Over $1 Million Raised in Effort to Legalize Cannabis in Oregon

New Approach Oregon, the organization behind the initiative to legalize cannabis in Oregon which recently qualified for this November’s ballot, has raisedswlabel over $1 million in their effort to get the initiative passed into law, according to state finance reports.

Philip Harvey, a resident of Washington, D.C., was the largest individual contributor, giving $150,000 to the group. Henry van Ameringen from New York gave $100,000 as the next largest individual contribution, and the late Peter Lewis, former CEO of Progressive Insurance, contributed $96,000. Other major contributors include Drug Police Action ($360,000) and Oxyley and Associates ($49,500).

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Initiative to Legalize Recreational Cannabis in Oregon Officially Qualifies for November Ballot

An initiative to legalize recreational cannabis in the State of Oregon has officially qualified for this November’s general election ballotoregon, according to New Approach Oregon, the group behind the proposal. The group submitted over 145,000 signatures in June, well more than the 87,000 required, and the state has now verified that enough of the signatures were valid.

If approved into law by voters, the initiative will legalize the possession of up to eight ounces of cannabis, the private cultivation of up to four cannabis plants, and state-licensed cannabis retail outlets which will be regulated by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. The initiative will only apply to those 21 and older.

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Campaign to Legalize Cannabis in DC Submits Signatures to Place Initiative on November Ballot

The DC Cannabis Campaign submitted over 58,000 signatures this morning to put their cannabis legalization initiative to a vote of thedc people this November, well more than the roughly 26,000 required. Today marked the deadline for when the signatures could be submitted.

Under the proposed initiative, the possession, use and transfer of up to two ounces of cannabis will be legal for anyone 21 and older. The move is supported by 64% of DC residents, according to polling conducted last year by Public Policy Polling.

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More Than Twice the Neccessary Signatures Collected to Put Cannabis Legalization to a Vote in D.C

Advocates of Washington D.C. Initiative 71, a proposal to legalize cannabis for adults 21 and older, have collected nearly 60,000 signatures, well moredc than the 22,600 needed to put their proposal to a vote this November, according to the D.C. Cannabis Campaign, the group behind the initiative.

If put to a vote – as it almost surely will be – and passed, the Legalization of Possession of Minimal Amounts of Marijuana for Personal Use Act of 2014 would legalize the possession of up to two ounces of cannabis, as well as the private cultivation of up to six plants (with no more than three in the flowering stage). The transfer of cannabis between adults would also be legalized.

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Alaska Cannabis Legalization Initiative Officially Placed on Ballot, to be Voted on in August

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Alaska voters will have the opportunity this August to legalize recreational cannabis.

Alaska Lieutenantcannabud Governor Mead Treadwell has formally certified that a petition campaign to put cannabis legalization to a vote of the people has gathered more than 36,000 valid signatures from registered voters, nearly 6,000 more than legally required to qualify. Certification from Treadwell was the measures last step before being officially placed on the ballot this August.

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Citizens Initiative Underway to Legalize Cannabis in the European Union

A citizens initiative to legalize cannabis in the European Union is underway, with advocates needing to collect 1 million signatures from 7 member states within a 12 month period.

Official flag of the European Union.
Official flag of the European Union.

Advocates of the initiative – which was approved by the government in November – officially began their signature gathering campaign this week. If advocates are successful in gathering enough signatures, the measure would be put to a vote next year.

According to the group behind the initiative (Weed Like to Talk), it “aims at making the EU [European Union] adopt a common policy on the control and regulation of cannabis production, use and sale.”

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Alaska to Vote on Cannabis Legalization in 2014

In a step that puts Alaska on track to be the 3rd state in the U.S. to legalize cannabis, advocates have garnered enough signatures to put thesaved26 issue to a vote of the people in 2014.

According to the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana, the organization behind the initiative, they’ve collected just under 45,000 (44,845) signatures from Alaska voters, roughly 15,000 more than required to put the initiative to a vote this coming August; the group officially has until the 21st of January, but will be submitting the signatures with the state once they reach their goal of 45,000.

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