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Latest Polling On Marijuana Reform Initiatives In America

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We are just one week away from the most crucial election night in marijuana legalization history. Don’t forget to tune in to The Russ Belville Show from 4pm-10pm Pacific time for the latest updates from all the states voting on Marijuana Election Night 2012.

For the first time, three states will be voting on the legalization of marijuana for all adults 21 and over, even the healthy ones! Two states are voting on marijuana legalization for sick and disabled people and one state is trying to restore their original medical marijuana law that was gutted by the legislature.

Here is a breakdown of the six initiatives with details on their effect and the latest polling numbers. We will bring you live coverage from East Coast to West Coast as the polls close from time zone to time zone, starting at 4pm Pacific / 7pm Eastern right here at RadicalRuss.com, TheWeedBlog.com, and other fine cannabis community websites.

What’s the take-away from these results? To me, it looks like the conservative medical marijuana measures (MA, MT) and the conservative legalization measures (CO, WA) are likelier to pass and the liberal measures that we activists would prefer (AR, OR) are going to struggle to break 40% of the vote.

State Details Polling Firm (Date) YES NO Und
Massachusetts Question 3
  • Medical Marijuana for Cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, ALS, Crohn’s, Parkinson’s, MS
  • Allowed to possess a “60 day supply” to be defined by state
  • Up to 35 licensed dispensaries
  • Only “hardship” exemption for home growing
Boston Globe (10/28)Boston Globe (Sep)Suffolk U. (Sep)

Public Policy Polling (Aug)

63%69%59%

58%

28%22%35%

27%

9%9%6%

15%

Arkansas Issue 5
  • Medical Marijuana for Cancer, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, ALS, Tourette’s, Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, PTSD, Fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s agitation, cachexia, peripheral neuropathy, intractable pain, severe nausea, seizures, epilepsy, muscle spasms, MS
  • Reciprocity to other states’ cardholders
  • Allowed to possess 2.5 ounces usable medicine
  • Up to 1 dispensary per 25 pharmacies
  • May grow 6 flowering plants >12″ tall IF not using a dispensary AND >5 miles from dispensary
  • Caregivers may grow up to 20 plants and be reimbursed for supplies and labor
  • Employment non-discrimination
  • Education non-discrimination
  • Medical non-discrimination (organ transplants)
  • Child Custody non-discrimination
Talk Business (10/25)Talk Business (10/18)U. Ark. (10/14)

Talk Business (Jul)

38%38%44%

47%

54%53%52%

46%

8%8%5%

7%

Montana Referendum 124
  • Keep the new legislature-passed medical marijuana law
  • Cancer, glaucoma, and HIV/AIDS patients should only qualify if condition “results in symptoms that seriously and adversely affect the patient’s health status”
  • Pain should only qualify is there is “objective proof of the etiology of the pain” or a second opinion
  • Nausea and seizures should only qualify if they are “intractable” (no other treatment works)
  • Patients must grow their own marijuana or have someone grow it for them for free, only after getting federal background check.
MSU Billings Poll (10/18)Public Policy Polling (Sep)Mason Dixon (Sep) 60%46%44% 30%29%31% 10%24%25%
Colorado Amendment 64
  • Legalized Marijuana for Adults 21+’
  • Allowed to possess one ounce of marijuana outside the home
  • Allowed to grow up to three mature plants at home
  • Allowed to possess all the marijuana grown at home
  • Allowed to give up to an ounce to another adult 21+
  • Establish commercial marijuana market
  • Maintain current medical marijuana law
  • Maintain current DUID law
  • Legalize industrial hemp
Public Policy Polling (10/25)SurveyUSA (10/15)U. Denver (10/9)

Denver Post (Sep)

Public Policy Polling (Aug)

Rasmussen (Jun)

53%48%50%

51%

47%

61%

43%43%40%

40%

38%

27%

5%9%10%

9%

15%

12%

Oregon Measure 80
  • Legalized Marijuana for Adults 21+
  • Allowed to possess unlimited amounts of marijuana
  • Allowed to grow unlimited amounts of marijuana
  • Establish commercial marijuana market
  • Maintain current medical marijuana law
  • Maintain current DUID law
  • Completely unregulated industrial hemp, includes all seeds and starts of all cannabis varieties
The Oregonian (10/29)SurveyUSA (10/19)SurveyUSA (Sep) 42%36%37% 49%43%41% 9%21%22%
Washington Initiative 502
  • Legalized Marijuana for Adults 21+
  • Allowed to possess one ounce marijuana, 16 ounces of infused solids (edibles), or 72 ounces of infused liquids (tinctures)
  • No personal home growing allowed
  • Establish commercial marijuana market
  • Maintain current medical marijuana law
  • Establish new 5ng per se DUID law
  • Legalize industrial hemp
Strategies 360 (10/22)Survey USA (10/18)KCTS 9 (10/18)

SurveyUSA (Sep)

SurveyUSA (Jul)

Public Policy Polling (Jun)

54%55%51%

57%

55%

50%

38%36%41%

34%

32%

37%

8%9%8%

9%

13%

13%

Republished with special permission from the National Cannabis Coalition

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Executive Director: Russ Belville has been active in Oregon marijuana reform since 2005, when he was elected second-in-command of the state affiliate, Oregon NORML. After four years with Oregon NORML, Russ was hired by National NORML in 2009, working as Outreach Coordinator and hosting the NORML Daily Audio Stash podcast until 2012. Since then, Russ launched the 420RADIO marijuana legalization network and is the host of The Russ Belville Show, a live daily marijuana news talk radio program. Russ is also a prolific writer, with over 300 articles posted online and in print in HIGH TIMES, Huffington Post, Alternet, The Weed Blog, Marijuana Politics, and more.

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  1. de-criminalize is great but after that someone has to cultivate a strain to DE-SMELLIRIZE weed!!! when u r sitting at some public event you always know who has been smoking because they REEK of weed!!!i guess edibles are one answer but it takes more time to get the buzz, smoking is quicker and i think better it’s just the goddamn smell that is offensive. we need hybrid weed that smells like watermelon or something!!!!

  2. FROM INDIANA… Nov 1st –
    THE HOWEY POLL on CANNABIS IN INDIANA >>>> READ THIS…

    Howey/DePauw Poll: Wide Support for Pot Decriminalization
    By BRIAN A. HOWEY

    NASHVILLE, Ind. – A month after State Sen. Brent Steele called for the
    decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana in
    Indiana, the latest Howey/DePauw Indiana Battleground Poll reveals wide
    support for change in that law at 54-37%.

    In the Oct. 28-30
    poll of 800 likely voters, Howey/DePauw asked: Currently it is a
    misdemeanor crime in Indiana to possess a small amount of marijuana. The
    legislature may consider making it an infraction rather than a crime to
    possess a small amount of marijuana. Do you favor or oppose making
    possession of a small amount of marijuana an infraction rather than a
    crime? If (favor/oppose) Do you feel strongly or not so strongly about
    this?

    By a 54 to 37% margin, poll respondents agreed with the
    decriminalization. The break down included 37% who strongly favor and
    17% who favor, compared to 27% who strongly oppose and 10% who oppose.
    Another 10% said they didn’t know. It is the first independent survey to
    ask about marijuana laws in Indiana.
    SEE MORE AT: http://howeypolitics.com/

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