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Voters In California, Massachusetts, And Michigan To Decide Marijuana Policy On Election Day
10-31-2008, 02:57 AM,
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Voters In California, Massachusetts, And Michigan To Decide Marijuana Policy On Election Day
Quote:Voters In California, Massachusetts, And Michigan To Decide Marijuana Policy On Election Day Numerous Towns And Municipalities To Vote On Local Reform Measures


Washington, DC: Voters in three states - California, Massachusetts, and Michigan - will decide on ballot initiatives Tuesday that seek to liberalize marijuana law enforcement policies.

In California, voters will decide on PROPOSITION 5, the Nonviolent Offender Rehabilitation Act. Sponsored by the Drug Policy Alliance, Prop. 5 would expand the diversion of non-violent offenders to drug treatment and increase funding for state-sponsored rehabilitation programs. The proposal would also reduce minor marijuana possession penalties from a misdemeanor (punishable by a $100 criminal fine with a criminal record) to a non-criminal infraction (punishable by a $100 civil fine with no criminal record).

The California Democratic Party, the California Society of Addiction Medicine, the California League of Women Voters, the California Academy of Family Physicians, and California NORML have each endorsed Proposition 5. Opposition to the measure is being sponsored primary by the California prison guards union and the state Beer and Beverage Distributors.

In Massachusetts, voters will decide on QUESTION 2. Sponsored by the Committee for Sensible Marijuana Policy, Question 2 would replace criminal penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana with a civil fine of no more than $100. If approved, Massachusetts would become the first state to enact the decriminalization of marijuana since Nevada's legislature did so in 2001, and the first to do so by voter initiative.

Twelve states have enacted similar decriminalization measures since 1973.

According to a Channel 7 News/Suffolk University poll released last week, 54 percent of registered voters support the measure. Since September, a coalition consisting of the state's 11 district attorneys, along with numerous politicians and members of law enforcement, have campaigned vociferously against Question 2, falsely claiming that the measure will "help dealers bring more drugs into [Massachusetts'] neighborhoods," endanger workplace safety, sharply increase traffic fatalities, and "tell kids it's okay to abuse marijuana." The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Greater Boston Civil Rights Coalition, and the Massachusetts chapter of NORML (MassCann) support Question 2.

In Michigan, voters will decide on PROPOSITION 1, the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act. Sponsored by the Michigan Coalition for Compassionate Care, Prop. 1 would amend state law to allow authorized patients to use cannabis therapeutically under a doctor's supervision. According to a September poll by the Michigan Resource Group, 67 percent of voters say they will decide in favor of the measure.

In October, both US Drug Czar John Walters and Deputy Drug Czar Scott Burns traveled to Michigan to speak out against Prop. 1. Since 2004, five Michigan cities - Ann Arbor, Detroit, Ferndale, Flint, and Traverse City - have each enacted municipal initiatives endorsing the medical use of marijuana.

If enacted by the voters, Michigan will become the thirteenth state since 1996 to authorize the legal use of medical cannabis, and the ninth state to do so by voter initiative.

Voters will also decide on Election Day on several local ballot initiatives regarding marijuana policy. Fayetteville, Arkansas voters will decide on a municipal measure to direct law enforcement to make activities related to the investigation and prosecution of adults who possess up to one ounce of cannabis their lowest priority. Voters approved a similar 'deprioritization' measure in Eureka Springs, Arkansas in 2006. Under state law, marijuana possession is a misdemeanor offense punishable by a $1,000 fine and up to one year in jail.

In Hawaii, Big Island voters will decide on a similar countywide initiative that seeks to make activities related to the investigation and arrest of adults who possess up to 24 ounces of cannabis and/or 24 plants their lowest priority.

Passage of the measure would also forbid the County Council from accepting government funding to promote federal marijuana eradication efforts on the Big Island.

Under state law, minor marijuana possession is a misdemeanor offense punishable by a $1,000 fine and 30 days in jail. However, marijuana cultivation is a felony offense in Hawaii punishable by a $10,000 fine and up to five years in jail.

Over the past decade, grassroots activists in numerous towns and municipalities - including Seattle, Washington; Columbia, Missouri; Santa Cruz, Oakland, San Francisco, and Santa Barbara, California; Missoula, Montana; and Denver, Colorado - have successfully campaigned for local ordinances making the enforcement of pot possession laws their city's lowest law enforcement priority.

In California, Berkeley voters will decide on Measure JJ, which seeks to eliminate local limits on the quantity of medicinal cannabis that may be possessed by patients, and liberalizes municipal zoning guidelines for patient dispensaries. Voters initially voted on the measure in 2004, but the results were nullified.

Finally, in Massachusetts voters in 15 separate municipalities will decide on non-binding public policy questions regarding the physician-supervised use of medicinal cannabis. Since 2000, voters in over 125 towns representing one-third of the Commonwealth have voted overwhelmingly in favor of marijuana reform.

For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, at (202) 483-5500, or Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director.
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10-31-2008, 06:10 PM,
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Voters In California, Massachusetts, And Michigan To Decide Marijuana Policy On Election Day
California and other states have had relaxed marijuana laws for a while that the Feds like to completely ignore. Although most of these measures will probably get passed, and will help people if they do, it will not stop the Feds from filling up their gulags...
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10-31-2008, 10:04 PM,
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Voters In California, Massachusetts, And Michigan To Decide Marijuana Policy On Election Day
No, if the votes turn out in favor of the legislation (if these aren't hacked too....) then it won't stop Federal intervention. At least that outcome will raise awareness that the Feds don't respect state laws or the will of the people.
“Today’s scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after
equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality. ” -Nikola Tesla

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." -Jimi Hendrix
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11-05-2008, 09:00 AM,
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Voters In California, Massachusetts, And Michigan To Decide Marijuana Policy On Election Day
Michigan's passed with close to 65% voting yes. I'd say that's a resounding fuck you to D.C. and all the anti-drug neophytes.

I read the proposal and it's rather weak if you ask me. But it's a step in the right direction. How many states with pro-marijuana laws will it take before the federal government has to give in? It's up to 13 now.
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&I don't understand why you're taking such a belligerant tone when you're obviously the ignorant one here. &
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11-06-2008, 04:33 AM,
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Voters In California, Massachusetts, And Michigan To Decide Marijuana Policy On Election Day
Results:

Quote:Americans Reject Bush Drug War Doctrine
Landslide At The Ballot Box: Voters Approve Nine Out Of Ten Marijuana Law Reform Measures


Washington, DC: Millions of Americans nationwide cast votes Tuesday in favor of marijuana law reform, approving nine out of ten ballot measures seeking to liberalize penalties on cannabis use and possession.

In Massachusetts, 65 percent of voters approved Question 2, which replaces criminal penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana (punishable by up to six-months in jail and a $500 fine) with a civil fine of no more than $100. More than 1.9 million Massachusetts voters (and all but three cities) backed the measure - a greater total than the number of voters who endorsed President Elect Barack Obama (1.88 million). Question 2 is expected to become law within 30 days - making Massachusetts the thirteenth state to decriminalize the personal use and possession of cannabis. However, opponents of the measure - which include the state's governor, attorney general, and all twelve state district attorneys - note that lawmakers still have the legal option to amend or repeal the new law.

In Michigan, 63 percent of voters approved Proposal 1, which legalizes the physician-supervised use and cultivation of medicinal cannabis by state-authorized patients. More than 3 million voters endorsed the measure, which received approximately 150,000 more votes in Michigan than did Obama. Proposal 1 goes into effect on December 4th, at which time nearly one-quarter of the US population will live in a state that authorizes the legal use of medical cannabis.

Thousands of voters in various municipalities also backed local ballot initiatives supportive of marijuana law reform. In Arkansas, 66 percent of Fayetteville (population: 67,000) voters approved Question 16, which directs law enforcement to make activities related to the investigation and prosecution of adults who possess up to one ounce of marijuana their lowest priority. The measure also requires the city clerk to submit letters to state and federal legislators urging them to “take immediate steps to enact similar ['deprioritization'] laws.”

In Hawaii, Big Island (population: 172,000) voters approved a similar initiative (Ballot Question 1), which directs law enforcement to make activities related to the investigation and arrest of adults who possess up to 24 ounces of cannabis and/or 24 plants their lowest priority. The measure, which voters backed by nearly a 3 to 2 margin, also forbids the County Council from accepting government funding to promote federal marijuana eradication efforts on the Big Island.

In Massachusetts, voters in four state House districts (encompassing 15 towns) passed nonbinding public policy questions directing each district's state representative to vote in favor of legislation to legalize the medical use of cannabis. More than 70 percent of voters in each district backed the measures.

Finally, voters in Berkeley, California endorsed Measure JJ, which eliminates local limits on the quantity of medicinal cannabis that may be possessed by patients, and liberalizes municipal zoning guidelines for patient dispensaries.

By contrast, California voters rejected a statewide sentencing reform measure (Proposition 5), which sought expand the diversion of non-violent offenders to drug treatment and would have decreased minor marijuana penalties to a non-criminal infraction. Numerous politicians, including Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Democrat US Senator Dianne Feinstein, joined forces with law enforcement and the California Beer and Beverage Distributors to lobby against the measure, which gained just 40 percent of the vote.

“Voters on Election Day demonstrated overwhelmingly that they favor political reform in this country, and that reform includes new directions in marijuana policy,” NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre said. “These election results emphasize that the voters are well ahead of the politicians when it comes to the decriminalization and legalization of cannabis for adults.

“Let us hope that President Elect Obama and the Democrat majority in Congress recognize that marijuana law reform is a populist issue. Voters should not have to take to the ballot box to enact sensible marijuana law reforms; these reforms should be championed by their elected officials.”

For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, at (202) 483-5500, or Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director.
“Today’s scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after
equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality. ” -Nikola Tesla

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." -Jimi Hendrix
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11-06-2008, 07:13 PM,
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Voters In California, Massachusetts, And Michigan To Decide Marijuana Policy On Election Day
This type of thing got passed in AZ a while back and then the feds overturned it... fuckers
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11-06-2008, 08:44 PM,
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Voters In California, Massachusetts, And Michigan To Decide Marijuana Policy On Election Day
Yup. Back and forth...back and forth. The never ending battle for the public to try do bring about sanity thru a broken system and the feds to maintain the semblance of sanity by any lies and deceit possible.
“Today’s scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after
equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality. ” -Nikola Tesla

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." -Jimi Hendrix
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02-23-2009, 03:45 PM,
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Voters In California, Massachusetts, And Michigan To Decide Marijuana Policy On Election Day
Things will never change... That is what is wrong with our country today.
But, still proud to be an American...

Kym
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02-23-2009, 09:35 PM,
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Voters In California, Massachusetts, And Michigan To Decide Marijuana Policy On Election Day
Welcome Kimmyhal! Cool, more cali dwellers.
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