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In Alaska,citizens will vote on Ballot Measure 2, which will create a retail
industry for marijuana sales and give the state government the authority to tax recreational cannabis as well.
In Oregon, voters will be weighing in on Measure 91, which would also create a legal framework for the production and sale of recreational marijuana for adults. This law also provides for a tax on the sale of marijuana.
Those who live in Washington DC will have the opportunity to vote for partial legalization. The DC law, Initiative 71, would legalize the possession of up to two ounces of marijuana and the home cultivation of up to six plants. It would not create a retail market or regulatory system for marijuana products.
If you live in either of these states or DC, your vote today could actively help end marijuana prohibition! Those of you in other states still have plenty of important cannabis-related issues to weigh in on today!
In California, voters will get to decide on Proposition 47, also entitled “Reduced Penalties for Some Crimes Initiative.” The law allows for re-sentencing for incarcerated citizens convicted of non-violent offenses, including shoplifting, fraud, and forgery in addition to many drug offenses.
Florida citizens will finally be deciding the fate of the hotly contested Amendment 2, which would create a medical marijuana program in the state. The Florida race has seen some very heavy-handed rhetoric, including the typical “won’t someone think of the children” and claims that medibles would be used as a date rape drug. Additionally, the people of Guam (not a state, but a terrritory) will vote on Proposal 14A, the Compassionate Cannabis Use Act. If passed, this new law requires that the local government establish a medical marijuana program within 9 months.
Several states have municipalities, counties, or districts with marijuana proposals on the ballot. In Maine, New Mexico and Michigan, several cities will vote on decriminalization of marijuana, while Massachusetts, voters in certain districts may pass a ballot initiative requiring elected officials to vote in favor of regulating cannabis like alcohol.
Additionally, there are some important congressional and senate races this year. The NORML Political Action Committee has made endorsements of candidates in a variety of states, including Florida, New Jersey, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Maine, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. For a full list of NORML-endorsed candidates and links to more information about them, click here.
Even if your ballot won’t have a cannabis-related ballot measure or a marijuana-friendly candidate to support, turning out to vote is the civic duty of all citizens, and it’s one of the most integral parts of being an activist. After all, what is the point of all we’re doing if we don’t show up to cast our vote when the day comes?
GET OUT AND VOTE, FOLKS!
For previous Ladybud Magazine articles about politics, click here.
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