Initiative to Legalize Medical Cannabis Filed in South Dakota

sdakotaAn initiative to legalize the medical use of cannabis has been filed with South Dakota’s Secretary of State, the first step towards getting the proposal on next year’s November ballot.

The proposal would allow patients who receive a registration card with the Department of Health to possess up to three ounces of cannabis, and to cultivate up to six plants. Allowable quantities of other cannabis products, such as edibles and oils, would be up to the Department of Health to decide.

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Poll: 67% of Likely Florida Voters Support Initiative to Legalize Medical Cannabis

A new poll released this week by the University of North Florida has found floridathat a large majority of Florida voters favor Amendment 2, an initiative to make medical cannabis a constitutional right in the state, which is being voted on next month.

The survey of 471 likely voters asked the following question; “Amendment 2 on the statewide ballot in November is called “Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions.” This amendment allows the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician. If the election were held today, would you vote yes or no for this proposition?”

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Florida: Campaign to Legalize Medical Cannabis Launches First Video Ad

With a little over a month before the election, advocates of Florida’s Amendment 2, an initiative to legalize medical cannabis, have launched their first video ad.yeson2

Amendment 2 – which is a constitutional amendment – would legalize the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis for those who receive a recommendation from a physician, and would authorize state-licensed dispensaries to distribute the medicine. Polling released last week found that 69% of voters in the state support the initiative; given its a constitutional amendment, it will require 60% of the vote, rather than the traditional 50%, to be passed into law.

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Arkansas Attorney General Approves Medical Cannabis Legalization Initiative

On Thursday Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel gave approval to the 2016 Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act, an initiative to legalize medical cannabisarkansas put forth by the group Arkansas for Compassionate Care. McDaniel’s approval leads the way for the group to begin collecting signatures, roughly 65,000 of which are required to put the proposal to a vote in the 2016 presidential election.

The initiative would legalize the possession and use of cannabis for those with a qualifying condition who receive a recommendation from a physician, and subsequently obtain a registration card with the Department of Health. Non-profit medical cannabis dispensaries will be authorized, with those more than 20 miles from a location able to grow their own cannabis at home.

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Over 75,000 Signatures Collected for Oklahoma Medical Cannabis Legalization Initiative

Advocates of an Oklahoma initiative to legalize cannabis for medical purposes have collected over 75,000 signatures in roughlyok a month to place their proposal to a vote this November, almost half of the 156,000 required. The deadline is August 17th.

The proposal, which is supported by Senator Constance Johnson and being pushed by the organization Oklahomans for Health, would make the possession, use and state-licensed distribution of cannabis legal for those with a qualifying medical condition. Qualifying conditions would include cancer, HIV/AIDS and multiple sclerosis, among others. The initiative is a constitutional amendment, meaning its passage would make medical cannabis a constitutional right in the State of Oklahoma.

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New Poll: Florida Republicans Overwhelmingly Favor Legalizing Medical Cannabis

A new poll released by the Miami Herald and commissioned by the state Republican Party has found that 78% of Florida voters that reside in Republican-controlled Senate districts favor the legalizationmedcannabisjar of medical cannabis, a move they’ll have the opportunity to vote on this November through a citizens initiative put forth by the organization United for Care.

The poll – conducted by the Tarrance Group – found 65% of respondents to be in favor of reducing prison sentences for nonviolent drug offenders (with 28% opposed), and 78% (to 15%) to be in support of prison-diversion programs for those convicted of nonviolent drug-related crimes.

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Campaigners Near 1 Million Signature Mark for Florida Medical Cannabis Initiative

Campaigners have gathered nearly 1 million signatures for an initiative to legalize medical cannabis in the State of Florida, according to Ben Pollaraunitedforcare, Campaign Director for United for Care, the nonprofit organization behind the proposal. The organization has until February 1st to submit roughly 683,000 signatures from registered Florida voters.

If the initiative – which would be put to a vote this November – is approved into law, the possession and use of cannabis will become legal for qualifying individuals who receive a license from the Department of Health, with the prerequisite being a recommendation from a licensed physician.

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Advocates in Florida Gather Enough Signatures to Put Medical Cannabis Legalization to a Vote

The nonprofit organization United for Care has garnered enough signatures to put their medical cannabis legalization initiative to a vote of the people in 2014.symbos In total, roughly 800,000 signatures have been collected, with 683,149 required to put the initiative to a vote. However, given that some of those 800,000 signatures may not be valid (from someone who isn’t a registered voter, for example), the group will continue to collect signatures until their February 1st deadline.

Under the proposed law, the possession and use of cannabis will be legal for qualified patients who receive a license from the Department of Health. In addition, state-licensed dispensaries will be authorized to distribute cannabis to patients or their caregivers. Although specific diseases such as cancer are mentioned as qualifying conditions, physicians would have the ability to prescribe cannabis to anyone who they thought would benefit from it.

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Budweiser Sponsors All Day Concert to Benefit Medical Cannabis Legalization

In a rare move for a company which sells alcoholic beverages, Budweiser sponsored an all-day concert yesterday – donating portions of their beer sales – to benefit Arkansas for Compassionate Carebudweiserlogo, a nonprofit organization working to put a medical cannabis legalization initiative on the Arkansas ballot next year – a similar initiative was narrowly defeated, finishing with 49% of the vote, in last year’s election.

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Advocates Gather Over 200,000 Signatures for Florida Initiative to Legalize Medical Cannabis

United for Care, a nonprofit organization – led by John Morgan, a former Obama fundraiser – which is working to legalize medicinal cannabis in the State of Florida through the initiative processufc-logo, has officially garnered over 200,000 signatures to place their initiative on the 2014 ballot, in barely over 3 months of gathering.

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