Dane County State Legalization of Marijuana Referendum, Question 2 (April 2014)

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A Dane County State Legalization of Marijuana Referendum ballot question was on the April 1, 2014 election ballot for voters in Dane County, Wisconsin, where it was approved.

This referendum question enacted a resolution that called on state legislators to pass a law legalizing marijuana in the state of Wisconsin. The referendum ballot measure was sponsored by county supervisors Leland Pan and Kyle Richmond. It was also endorsed by Nate Petreman, acting president of the Madison branch of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. The measure was a non-binding, advisory vote only, which means that no legislation was directly enacted through the approval of the question.[1]

Richmond noted that 75% of Dane County residents voted in favor of legalizing medical marijuana use in a 2010 advisory question. He concluded, "The momentum is clearly in favor of decriminalization."[1]

Election results

Dane County Question 2
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 41,084 64.5%
No22,57535.5%
Election results from Dane County elections office

Responses

Some said that, even though it was a victory for marijuana activists, this election did not show the full power of the support for legalization in Dane County because it was held in April and had a low voter turnout, which reportedly consisted of older, more conservative voters. This election featured under 64,000 voters, while over 210,000 electors cast votes on the similar measure in November of 2010, in which the approval rating of the nearly identical advisory question was over 75 percent.[2]

Text of measure

Ballot question

The question before voters in April was:

Should the state government enact legislation legalizing marijuana?[3][4]

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Support

Supporters

The bill calling for the referendum vote was sponsored by county supervisors Leland Pan and Kyle Richmond. It was also endorsed by Nate Petreman, acting president of the Madison branch of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.[1]

Petreman said, "Put the question before the people. I urge our representatives in state government to listen to what the people say."[1]

Gary Storck of Is My Medicine Legal Yet said, "There's a tremendous buzz on this around the country. We saw tremendous excitement in Colorado when storefronts opened there January 1. So this is something people are interested in and I think the sooner we can let citizens weigh in, the better."[3]

Editorials

  • The Cap Times editorial board published an article calling for the approval of this referendum in April. The editorial said:

The Capital Times has for many years supported efforts to decriminalize and legalize marijuana. The lessons of other countries, and now other states, show that there are smart alternatives to pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into the investigations, prosecutions and incarcerations that are associated with the failed attempt to impose prohibition on cannabis. In addition, we believe that legalization would address the racial disparity in arrest rates for marijuana-related charges -- and in so doing begin a broader process of criminal justice reform that is long overdue.

With all of this in mind, we are enthusiastically supportive of a “yes” vote on the proposal on the April 1 Dane County ballot, which asks: “Should the state government enact legislation legalizing marijuana?”

Of course it should. [4]

—The Cap Times editorial board, [5]

The editorial went on to call for voters to turn out in overwhelming numbers to approve the referendum in order to send a very strong message to state legislators.[5]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Wisconsin

On January 9, 2014, the Dane County Supervisors voted unanimously to put the non-binding referendum question before voters.[3]

Related measures

Approveda Dane County Marijuana Advisory Question (November 2010)

Similar measures

Recreational

Colorado:

Maine:

Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot Town of York Recreational Marijuana Legalization Measure (November 2014)

Michigan:

New Mexico:

Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot City of Albuquerque Marijuana Decriminalization Measure (November 2014)
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot City of Santa Fe Marijuana Decriminalization Initiative (November 2014)

Wisconsin:

Approveda Dane County State Legalization of Marijuana Referendum (April 2014)

Medical

California:

Approveda Lake County Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance 2997 Referendum, Measure N (June 2014)
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot City of Imperial Beach "Compassionate Access Ordinance" Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Act (June 2014)
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot City of Napa Medical Marijuana Dispensary Referendum (November 2014)
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot City of San Jose Medical Marijuana Regulation Act of 2014 (November 2014)
Proposed ballot measures that were not on a ballot City of San Jose Pension Measure to Alter Measure B Reform Charter Amendment (November 2014)

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