Nov 062014
 November 6, 2014
2016 Marijuana Legalization Petition Submitted In Missouri

One thing that I have always said about marijuana campaigns is that they need to start as early as possible. The sooner an initiative is submitted, the sooner signatures gathering efforts can be organized, the sooner fundraising can occur, the sooner the campaign can start educating the public, etc. I’ve seen many efforts throughout the year fail to succeed mainly because they just ran out of time. So it was with great pleasure that I learned that the day after Election Day 2014, an initiative to legalize marijuana was filed in Missouri. Per Show Me Cannabis: Show-Me Cannabis filed a

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Nov 052014
 November 5, 2014
A Huge Thank You To Everyone That Worked On The 2014 Election

The 2014 Election will go down in the history books as one of the greatest elections for marijuana reform across the country. 2012 will likely always be number one, because after all, it saw the first two states legalize. However, 2014 is almost as significant because of the legalization vote in D.C., plus two more states, plus a bunch of local victories in states like New Mexico, Maine, and especially in Michigan. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank everyone for their hard work. Whether you were a campaign manager, a volunteer, a signature gatherer, spent time

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Nov 052014
 November 5, 2014
One City In Maine Approves Marijuana Legalization, Another Votes No

During a historic election, one during which no less than two states, eight cities in Michigan, and the District of Columbia voted to legalize marijuana, victories were mixed in Maine. The City of South Portland voted to legalize marijuana, whereas the City of Lewiston voted down a similar measure. Per the Portland Press Herald: A push to legalize recreational marijuana in two Maine cities ended in a split result Tuesday, with voters in South Portland narrowly approving an ordinance in support of legalization and Lewiston residents soundly rejecting the idea. In South Portland, residents voted 6,326 to 5,755 in favor

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Nov 052014
 November 5, 2014
8 Michigan Cities Adopt Legalization Measures In 2014 Election

During the 2014 election season, eight Michigan cities have voted to eliminate all local penalties for the possession, use, transfer and transportation of small amounts of marijuana. Two cities, Oak Park and Hazel Park, made the choice during the August primary election. November 4th’s General Election saw six additional cities line up to liberalize their cannabis ordinances. Passing the legalization measures were Saginaw, Port Huron, Mt. Pleasant, Pleasant Ridge, Huntington Woods and Berkley. The election was monitored by several groups during election night. A Lansing gathering of Michigan activists posted election results on social media- and on a big wall-

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Nov 052014
 November 5, 2014
Alaska Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

It took longer to count the votes compared to Oregon and Washington D.C., but the result was the same – Alaska voters legalized marijuana. The victory was declared in the early morning hours today, capping off a stellar Election Day for marijuana reform. Even in Florida, where a medical marijuana initiative failed, there was still an overwhelming majority result in favor of the initiative (just not enough to pass the required 60% hurdle). Anyone who said that pursuing marijuana reform in 2014 because it would hurt 2016’s chances should be very happy today to be wrong. 2016 has never looked

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Nov 042014
 November 4, 2014
Santa Fe And Bernalillo County Voters Approve Marijuana Reform Measures

Today, New Mexicans took a historic vote on marijuana policy reform. Voters in Santa Fe County and Bernalillo County have voiced overwhelming support for marijuana decriminalization.  Both the Santa Fe and Bernalillo County ballots asked voters whether they supported decriminalization of 1 ounce or less of marijuana at a city, county and state level. The passage of the advisory questions proves that voters in both counties want to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. While this does not yet change the current law, it is a vital step in ensuring elected officials know where New Mexicans stand on this issue. Bernalillo

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Nov 042014
 November 4, 2014
California Defelonization Bill Passes

PROP 47 TO DEFELONIZE LOW-LEVEL DRUG POSSESSION AND OTHER MINOR, NONVIOLENT CRIMES PASSES IN CALIFORNIA Proposition 47, the ballot measure to defelonize minor drug possession and other low-level nonviolent crimes passed easily tonight, with the San Francisco Chronicle calling the race within an hour of the polls closing, despite dismal voter turnout in the state. The initiative will treat certain crimes as simple misdemeanors, reducing the future prison population and authorizing resentencing for those currently incarcerated for these offenses if they prove they are no longer a threat to public safety. The exemption is a limited one, and will not apply to

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Nov 042014
 November 4, 2014
Oregon Measure 91 Passes, Oregon Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

According to multiple media sources, people close to the campaign, and veteran activists in Oregon, Oregon Measure 91 has passed, making Oregon the third state to legalize marijuana. As a lifelong Oregonian, this is a day I have dreaming of for a long, long time. No longer will I have to live in fear of prosecution for consuming a plant that is safer than tobacco and alcohol. No longer will I have to see my friends get arrested for marijuana, especially my minority friends. After multiple attempts, and after a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, Oregon has legalized marijuana.

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Nov 042014
 November 4, 2014
Washington DC Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

It appears that the Washington D.C. initiative to legalize recreational marijuana has passed according to multiple sources such as NPR. Short of the most epic math fail of all time, it appears that marijuana legalization has passed by an enormous percentage in D.C.. This is so big, I can barely find the words to do it justice. There will no doubt be hurdles to face given the fact that Congress plays a role in implementation. However, I’m confident that the will of Washington D.C. residents will prevail against even the biggest reefer madness fanatic in Congress. Below is a reaction

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Nov 042014
 November 4, 2014
Florida Medical Marijuana Initiative Fails, But Still Gets Strong Majority Of Votes

Sadly, it appears that Florida’s medical marijuana initiative has failed to pass, according to several media reports. The ‘Yes on Amendment 2’ campaign did a stellar job and shouldn’t hang their heads. A strong majority of Florida voters approved the medical marijuana initiative. In just about any other state the 2014 Election Day results would have been enough. But in Florida an initiative has to get at least 60% of the vote, and as a result, the initiative didn’t pass. Opponents will no doubt celebrate their ‘victory.’ However, I hope they know that they didn’t really win. If they want

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