Maine Initiative to Legalize Cannabis Officially Placed on November Ballot as Question 1

Like Colorado, Washington and Oregon, Maine's initiative would authorize cannabis retail outlets.
The initiative would authorize cannabis retail outlets. (Photo: IBTimes.com)

A Maine initiative that would legalize the recreational use of cannabis for everyone 21 and older has been officially placed on this November’s election ballot as Question 1, according to Secretary of State Matt Dunlap

According to Dunlap, the following is the exact questioning that will appear on the ballot this November 8th; “Do you want to allow the possession and use of marijuana under state law by persons who are at least 21 years of age, and allow the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products subject to state regulation, taxation and local ordinance?”

David Boyer, the Campaign Manager for the Yes on 1 campaign, says he’s happy with the way the question is worded.

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Ohio Cannabis Legalization Initiative Being Voted On in Two Days

cannabisbudThe Ohio cannabis legalization initiative Issue 3 will be voted on in just two days, on Tuesday, November 3rd. The proposal would legalize the possession, private cultivate and state-licensed distribution of cannabis for those 21 and older.

If passed into law, Ohio would become the fifth state in the U.S. to have legal recreational cannabis. A recent Akron Buckeye Poll shows support for the initiative at a complete tie, with 46% of Ohio voters in support of the measure, and 46% against, with the remaining 8% undecided. A poll released earlier this month by Quinnipiac University found 53% of Ohio voters to be in support of legalizing cannabis, though that poll didn’t question voters specifically on Issue 3.

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California NAACP Files Initiative to Legalize Recreational Cannabis

californiaAn initiative to legalize the recreational use, cultivation and distribution of cannabis has been filed in California by the state’s branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

The initiative would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older, while allowing them to cultivate up to 25 square feet of cannabis at a private residence. Cannabis retail outlets would also be authorized, allowing anyone 21 and older to purchase the plant.

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2016 Cannabis Legalization Initiatives: An Overview

By Phillip Smith, StoptheDrugWar.org

Marijuana is going to be part of the political conversation between now and Election Day 2016. Support for legalization is now consistently polling above 50% nationwide,canna four states and DC have already voted to legalize it, and activists at least ten states are doing their best to make it an issue this time around.

In those states, they’re working to take marijuana legalization directly to the voters in the form of initiatives. Not all of those efforts will actually make the ballot — mass signature-gathering campaigns require not only enthusiasm but cold, hard cash to succeed — and not all of those that qualify will necessarily win, but in a handful of states, including the nation’s most populous, the prospects for passing legalization next year look quite good.

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Weedmaps.com Donates $1 Million to California Legalization Campaign

Weedmaps.comweedmaps, a website that connects people with medical cannabis dispensaries and doctors, has contributed $1 million to a campaign looking to place a recreational cannabis legalization initiative on the 2016 general election ballot.

The money, donated by Weedmaps Media, LLC (formed in 2008), was given to Californians for Sensible Reform. It’s unclear exactly what the language of the proposed initiative will be, but it’s expected to be revealed in the coming days.

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Initiative to Legalize Recreational Cannabis Filed in Arizona

An initiativeari to legalize cannabis, titled the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, was filed today in Arizona.

The proposal was filed with the Arizona Secretary of State by representatives of the Marijuana Policy Project, Safer Arizona and Arizona’s cannabis business community.

 “It was a long and deliberative drafting process involving a diverse group of stakeholders,” says Carlos Alfaro, Arizona political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “There were some bumps in the road, but in the end everyone came together to produce the best possible law for Arizona. We are united in this effort to end marijuana prohibition and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol.”

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Ohio: Advocates Begin Collecting Signatures on Initiative to Legalize Cannabis

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ResponsibleOhio announced today that they’ve starting collecting signatures on their petition to legalize cannabis.
ResponsibleOhio, a group attempting to put an initiative to legalize cannabis on this year’s general election ballot, has officially starting collecting signatures for their proposal.

The group is required to submit 305,591 signatures from registered voters by July 1st, with the signatures gathered from at least 44 of Ohio’s 88 counties; in each of the counties the total gathered must amount to 5% of the 2014 gubernatorial vote.

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Ohio Ballot Board Approves Initiative to Legalize Cannabis

The Ohiojoint Ballot Board has given approval to an initiative to legalize cannabis, giving advocates the go-ahead to begin collecting signatures towards putting the proposal on the 2015 general election ballot. The initiative was approved last week by the state’s Secretary of State.

The initiative, put forth by ResponsibleOhio, would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older, and would establish a system of state-licensed cannabis retail outlets. These outlets would be supplied by ten cannabis production centers located throughout the state.

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Nevada Voters to Decide on Legalizing Cannabis in 2016

By NORML

LAS VEGAS, NVnevada — Nevada voters will decide next November on ballot language that seeks to regulate the licensed production and retail sale of cannabis to adults.

Lawmakers had until late last week to act on the initiative petition, filed by the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), but failed to do so – thus placing the measure on the 2016 electoral ballot.

Proponents of the measure, “The Initiative to Tax and Regulate Marijuana,” turned in over 200,000 signatures from registered Nevada voters in December to qualify it for the ballot.

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Cannabis Legalization Initiative Placed on November Ballot in Lewiston, Maine

The Lewiston City Council has voted unanimously to put an initiative to legalize cannabis on this November’s ballot.cannanuglets

The Council was forced to vote on the issue after the group Citizens for a Safer Maine collected more than enough signatures to put their initiative to a vote, giving the Council the option of either passing the bill into law, or placing it on the November 4th ballot.

If approved by voters, the initiative would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older. A similar initiative has been placed on the November ballot in South Portland, and enough signatures have been submitted for an initiative in York.

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