Marijuana among hot topics featured on 2014 ballots
Voters will be weighing in on some of the nation's most contentious topics during the November 4, 2014, elections. Decisions made at the ballot box will establish important precedents and set the tone for future elections, based on which measures are approved and defeated. For further analyses and information on 2014 ballot measures, see this report.
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- Alaska Ballot Measure 2: Alaskans will determine whether their state should follow in the footsteps of Washington and Colorado by legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. If approved in November, Ballot Measure 2 will allow people age 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and up to six plants. It will also make the manufacture, sale and possession of marijuana paraphernalia legal.
- Florida Amendment 2: In Florida, voters will decide whether to legalize medical marijuana. If Amendment 2 is approved, the measure would specifically guarantee that medical use of marijuana by a qualifying patient or personal caregiver is not subject to criminal or civil liability or sanctions under state law, that a licensed physician is not subject to criminal or civil liability or sanctions for issuing medical marijuana to a person diagnosed with a "debilitating medical condition" under state law, and that registered medical marijuana treatment centers are not subject to criminal or civil liability or sanctions under state law. The measure defines a "debilitating medical condition" as cancer, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, hepatitis C, HIV, AIDS, ALS, Crohn's disease, Parkinson's disease "or other conditions for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient." The measure has been enjoying strong support among voters, with the most recent poll showing 88 percent support its passage.
- Oregon Measure 91: If voters approve Measure 91 in November, Oregon will join neighboring Washington in legalizing recreational marijuana. The initiative would allow the recreational use of the drug by people ages 21 and older, permitting possession of up to eight ounces of "dried" marijuana and four plants. Additionally, the measure would task the Oregon Liquor Control Commission with regulating sales of the drug. The initiative is being sponsored by the group "New Approach Oregon." Anthony Johnson, the chief petitioner, hoped legislators would refer the measure to the ballot. However, the legislature failed to do so before the 2014 session ended on March 10, 2014. Supporters of the measure have raised over $1.5 million, while those against it have yet to mount any formal opposition.
- Washington Advisory Vote No. 8: Voters in Washington will weigh in on a non-binding advisory question addressing marijuana and taxes. The measure asks voters whether the Washington State Legislature should repeal or maintain the elimination of agricultural tax preferences for various aspects of the marijuana industry. This measure is the result of legislation passed in Senate Bill 6505.
- Oklahoma State Question 768: If supporters can successfully gather 155,216 valid signatures, then voters in Oklahoma will decide whether to legalize medical marijuana in the state. The measure would permit the use, sale and cultivation of marijuana for medicinal purposes and classify it as an herbal drug regulated by the Oklahoma Health Department. A 2013 poll indicated that the measure had significant support, boasting a 71.2 percent approval rate among those polled.
- Alaska Dispatch, "Marijuana Policy Project plans Alaska ballot measure to decriminalize pot in 2014," accessed January 16, 2013
- StarTribune, "Organizers turn in signatures for Alaska marijuana legalization initiative," January 8, 2014
- Florida Department of State, "Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions," accessed January 14, 2014
- OregonLive.com, "With national backing, marijuana advocates file legalization measure," October 25, 2013
- The Oregonian, "At marijuana legalization hearing, question is how much regulation should go before Oregon voters," November 22, 2013
- Washington Secretary of State, "Word from AG: Two Advisory Votes on 2014 ballot," June 27, 2014
- Idaho Statesman, "Okla. medical marijuana backers seek public vote," April 11, 2014