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​Medical marijuana advocates continue to push for the legalization of cannabis for licensed patients in Maryland through a proposed bill, The Medical Marijuana Act, HB 15.

The bill could allow the medicinal use of cannabis in Maryland as early as September, reports Gabrielle LePore at the Towson University student newspaper, The Towerlight. State licensed growers would cultivate the marijuana if the bill is passed.
HB 15 is a step toward increasing the quality of life for those who could benefit from medical marijuana, according to Donna Cox, a professor in Towson U.’s department of health science.

Legal, Safe Access Fails In Four States

It was a harsh day for marijuana supporters across the West as ballot initiatives went down to crushing defeats.
Voters in California on Tuesday said no thanks to Proposition 19, which would have legalized, taxed and regulated marijuana. Meanwhile Arizonans turned down medical marijuana by a thin margin; Oregon voters said no to dispensaries; and South Dakotans, for the second time and by an even larger margin than the first time, declined to legalize cannabis for medicinal purposes.

Arizona’s Prop 203 vote on medical marijuana was very, very close at 7:15 am Pacific on Wednesday. With 2,236 of 2,239 precincts reporting, and more than 99 percent of the vote counted, No held a razor-thin lead, 50.25 percent to 49.75 percent. This represented a spread of just 6,000 votes out of about 1.3 million votes counted.
California’s Prop 19 to legalize marijuana was defeated 54 percent No to 46 percent Yes.. With 97 percent of precincts reporting, Prop 19 was losing by eight points, just over half a million votes (3,891,521 No to 3,349,237 Yes). Servers were overwhelmed Tuesday night at the California Secretary of State’s website.


​Voters in California, Arizona, South Dakota, and Oregon have a chance today to change their states’ marijuana laws.

Will citizens grasp their opportunity to make history? We’re soon to find out.

Here are handy resources to keep up with the election results in all four states:
The Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010 would legalize possession of limited amounts of marijuana by adults, allow a 5×5-foot growing space, and permit local governments to regulate and tax commercial sales.
Keep up with Prop 19 returns at the California Secretary of State’s results page here.
The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act would permit state-registered patients to buy cannabis legally from licensed dispensaries. Patients living more than 25 miles from the nearest dispensary would be allowed to cultivate their own marijuana.
Keep up with Prop 203 results at the Arizona Secretary of State’s results page here. You’ll need to scroll to the bottom of the page; Prop 203 results are the third from the bottom.