|California! Arizona! South Dakota! Oregon! Light up the polls – smoke the vote!|
It’s Election Day 2010, and among the issues facing voters in California, Arizona, South Dakota, and Oregon are measures which would change the marijuana laws in those states.
California voters will decide the fate of Proposition 19, the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010, which would legalize the adult possession of limited amounts of marijuana, allow a 5×5-foot growing space, and permit local governments to regulate its commercial production and retail sale.
“If passed, the measure would be the most expansive modern law ever enacted regarding the adult use, production, and distribution of marijuana,” said Paul Armentano, deputy director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).
Learn more about Prop 19 here (the site was responding slowly Tuesday morning, likely indicating the enormous amount of voter interest in the issue):
Arizona voters will decide Proposition 203, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, which permits state-registered patients to buy cannabis legally from licensed dispensaries. Authorized patients who do not have a dispensary in their local area (defined as within 25 miles of their home) would be permitted to cultivate their own marijuana. Other patients would not be allowed to grow.
Learn more about Prop 203 here:
South Dakota voters will decide Measure 13, the South Dakota Safe Access Act, exempting state-authorized patients from criminal penalties for up to one ounce of marijuana or six cannabis plants.
This will be the second try for medical marijuana supporters in South Dakota, Four years ago, a similar measure received 48 percent of the vote in the only statewide ballot defeat in the U.S. for medicinal cannabis.
Learn more about Measure 13 here:
Oregon voters will decide Measure 74, the Oregon Regulate Medical Marijuana Supply System Act of 2010, which creates state-licensed not-for-profit facilities to assist in the production and distribution of cannabis to qualified patients.
Oregon voters initially approved the doctor-authorized use of medical marijuana in 1998. Several states, including Colorado, New Mexico, and Maine have enacted rules allowing state-licensed medical cannabis dispensaries to provide safe access for authorized patients.
Learn more about Measure 74 here:
Additionally, in Massachusetts, voters in 73 cities and towns will decide non-binding proposals regarding taxation of adult marijuana use and legalization of physician-authorized medical cannabis. About 13 percent of the state’s voters will be weighing in on the questions.
“The results will likely influence the language of a proposed statewide, binding ballot measure in 2012,” NORML‘s Armentano said.
Learn more about the Massachusetts campaign here: