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Anxiously Waiting For 2014 ‘Marijuana Midterm’ Election Day

marijuana election 2014After the historic 2012 Election, where Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana and anti-marijuana Attorney General candidate Dwight Holton was defeated in Oregon, many states started contemplating their next move. Would they wait until the next Presidential election year (2016), or make an attempt at achieving reform in the very next election (2014). There was a lot of arguing, and some shunning by national marijuana reform leaders, with many people declaring that 2014 was off limits, and that any attempts in 2014 would fail and therefore would affect chances in 2016.

I was not one of those people. I have always felt that as long as people are getting arrested and getting their lives ruined, and there’s an election coming up, we should give it all we got. Is a Presidential election year better than a midterm election year? Of course. But we don’t live in a perfect world, and every year that we wait to make an attempt at reform is another year that people are harmed by marijuana prohibition. I’m thankful that many in the reform community stepped up in 2014, which has shaped up to be one of the biggest years in the history of marijuana reform.

This will be my third election while running this blog (not including special elections of course). In 2010 Jay Smoker and I hung out at my house to watch the sad defeat of California Proposition 19 (would have legalized recreational) and Oregon Measure 74 (would have legalized medical marijuana dispensaries). Then in 2012, we of course saw Colorado and Washington legalize marijuana, which was absolutely one of my favorite memories of all time. We were at an election night party surrounded by other activists, and high fives and hugs were in abundance that night. The only thing that would have made it better would be if other efforts had succeeded, especially my home State of Oregon (Measure 80), but we have another chance at it this year.

The way things are going, this will be my first election since starting this blog that I’ll be alone on election night. I’ve tried to crack into some election night parties, but people don’t respond and I was never invited. I guess I’m just not one of the cool kids ha ha. Oh well, if I have to celebrate at home by myself, it may be for the best, as I don’t want anyone to hear me scream like a school girl when Oregon legalizes marijuana and I no longer have to live in fear. Below are all of the 2014 Election Day issues to watch for, courtesy of Russ Belville:

State Measure Purpose Local Close Show Close
Guam Proposal 14A Medical 8pm Guam 2am Pacific
Florida Amendment 2 Medical 7pm Eastern 5pm Pacific
Maine, Lewiston Question 2 Legal 8pm Eastern 5pm Pacific
Maine, South Portland Local Ballot Legal 8pm Eastern 5pm Pacific
Massachusetts 8 Public Policy Questions Reps Should Support Legalization 8pm Eastern 5pm Pacific
Michigan, Berkley Local Ballot Decriminalization 8pm Eastern 5pm Pacific
Michigan, Clare Local Ballot Decriminalization 8pm Eastern 5pm Pacific
Michigan, Frankfort Local Ballot Decriminalization 8pm Eastern 5pm Pacific
Michigan, Harrison Local Ballot Decriminalization 8pm Eastern 5pm Pacific
Michigan, Huntington Woods Local Ballot Decriminalization 8pm Eastern 5pm Pacific
Michigan, Lapeer Local Ballot Decriminalization 8pm Eastern 5pm Pacific
Michigan, Mt. Pleasant Local Ballot Decriminalization 8pm Eastern 5pm Pacific
Michigan, Onaway Local Ballot Decriminalization 8pm Eastern 5pm Pacific
Michigan, Pleasant Ridge Local Ballot Decriminalization 8pm Eastern 5pm Pacific
Michigan, Port Huron Local Ballot Decriminalization 8pm Eastern 5pm Pacific
Michigan, Saginaw Local Ballot Decriminalization 8pm Eastern 5pm Pacific
Washington DC Initiative 71 Legal 8pm Eastern 5pm Pacific
Colorado, Adams County Local Ballot Marijuana Taxes 7pm Mountain 6pm Pacific
Colorado, Aurora Local Ballot Marijuana Taxes 7pm Mountain 6pm Pacific
Colorado, Basalt Local Ballot Marijuana Taxes 7pm Mountain 6pm Pacific
Colorado, Cañon City Local Ballot Marijuana Taxes 7pm Mountain 6pm Pacific
Colorado, Cañon City Local Ballot Allow Pot Shops 7pm Mountain 6pm Pacific
Colorado, Hot Sulphur Springs Local Ballot Marijuana Taxes 7pm Mountain 6pm Pacific
Colorado, Lafayette Local Ballot Marijuana Taxes 7pm Mountain 6pm Pacific
Colorado, Lakewood Local Ballot Ban Pot Shops 7pm Mountain 6pm Pacific
Colorado, Lyons Local Ballot Marijuana Taxes 7pm Mountain 6pm Pacific
Colorado, Manitou Local Ballot Ban Pot Shops 7pm Mountain 6pm Pacific
Colorado, Northglen Local Ballot Marijuana Taxes 7pm Mountain 6pm Pacific
Colorado, Palisade Local Ballot Allow Pot Shops 7pm Mountain 6pm Pacific
Colorado, Palmer Lake Local Ballot Allow Pot Shops 7pm Mountain 6pm Pacific
Colorado, Palmer Lake Local Ballot Moratorium on Pot Shops 7pm Mountain 6pm Pacific
Colorado, Paonia Local Ballot Marijuana Taxes 7pm Mountain 6pm Pacific
Colorado, Paonia Local Ballot Allow Pot Shops 7pm Mountain 6pm Pacific
Colorado, Ramah Local Ballot Marijuana Taxes 7pm Mountain 6pm Pacific
Colorado, Ramah Local Ballot Allow Pot Shops 7pm Mountain 6pm Pacific
Colorado, Red Cliff Local Ballot Ban Pot Shops 7pm Mountain 6pm Pacific
Colorado, Rifle Local Ballot Marijuana Taxes 7pm Mountain 6pm Pacific
Colorado, Silverton Local Ballot Marijuana Taxes 7pm Mountain 6pm Pacific
New Mexico, Bernalillo County Local Ballot Decriminalization 7pm Mountain 6pm Pacific
New Mexico, Santa Fe County Local Ballot Decriminalization 7pm Mountain 6pm Pacific
California Measure 47 Defelonize Possession 8pm Pacific 8pm Pacific
California, Butte County Measure A Approve Cultivation Restrictions 8pm Pacific 8pm Pacific
California, Butte County Measure B Regulate Medical Cultivation 8pm Pacific 8pm Pacific
California, Encinitas Measure F Overturn Dispensary Ban 8pm Pacific 8pm Pacific
California, La Mesa Measure J Overturn Dispensary Ban 8pm Pacific 8pm Pacific
California, Lake County Measure O Regulate Medical Cultivation 8pm Pacific 8pm Pacific
California, Lake County Measure P Allow Medical Cultivation 8pm Pacific 8pm Pacific
California, Nevada County Measure S Fix Medical Cultivation 8pm Pacific 8pm Pacific
California, Santa Ana Measure BB Limit Dispensaries 8pm Pacific 8pm Pacific
California, Santa Ana Measure CC Prohibit Dispensary Ban 8pm Pacific 8pm Pacific
California, Santa Cruz Measure L Medical Marijuana Tax 8pm Pacific 8pm Pacific
California, Santa Cruz County Measure K Medical Marijuana Tax 8pm Pacific 8pm Pacific
California, Shasta County Measure A Repeal Cultivation Restrictions 8pm Pacific 8pm Pacific
California, Shasta Lake Measure C Medical Marijuana Tax 8pm Pacific 8pm Pacific
Oregon Measure 91 Legal 8pm Pacific 8pm Pacific
Washington Advisory Vote #8 Eliminate Ag Tax Pref for MJ 8pm Pacific 8pm Pacific
Alaska Ballot Measure 2 Legal 8pm Alaska 9pm Pacific

  • Choom Gang

    Oregon’s ballot is HUGE, for what it means to the movement. People from all over the world will have an eye on this one.
    Best wishes.

  • mike1188

    Time to step up and make a difference, time to vote. Everyone in every state please come out and vote make a difference. Don’t complain if you don’t vote

  • David

    Great article Johnny. I’m also looking forward to Tuesday’s vote and celebrating a successful second wave of West Coast legalization, including my original home State of Alaska. California 2016 !!

  • Bic

    Johnny you can come celebrate with me! I’m clear out here in PA but I would welcome an evening spent with such an informed and passionate MJ activist and If we can get rid of Corbett I might be really whoopin it up out here!

  • Cyndysub

    Lets hope the nay sayers get to eat some well deserved Crow.

  • Sarijuana

    Cool enough for me, and I hope I hear you screaming all the way down here in Burque.

  • jason42175

    I hope all 4 states pass and goes fully legal but the only state i don’t have high hopes for i FL.