Six states propose marijuana measures amid a rise in support

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November 24, 2009

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Arizona, California, Florida, Minnesota, Oregon, South Dakota: Thus far six states throughout the country have proposed a total of six marijuana related measures for the 2010 ballot. The propositions follow the approval of Maine's Question 5, a measure that proposed creating nonprofit dispensaries to help patients get a safe supply of their medicine. It also proposed establishing a statewide ID card system to protect patients from arrest.

Shortly after the approval of Question 5, the American Medical Association announced that they reversed their position on marijuana. Additionally, the association has since urged the federal government to remove marijuana from Schedule One of the Controlled Substances Act.[1] According to a Gallup poll, support for marijuana has increased. In October 2009, they reported 44% of Americans were in favor of full legalization of marijuana, compared to 31% in 2000.[2]

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