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Washington and Colorado marijuana initiatives raise $3 million
Campaigns in support of marijuana initiatives in Washington and Colorado have raised an estimated $3 million. A total of six marijuana-related ballot measures have thus far been approved to appear before voters in elections this year.
According to the most recent campaign finance reports, $2 million has been raised for Washington Initiative 502. The proposed measure would legalize the production, possession, delivery and distribution of marijuana. The initiative would regulate the sale of small amounts of marijuana to people 21 and older. According to reports, marijuana grow farms and food processors would be licensed by the Washington State Liquor Control Board. Additionally, the measure would make it illegal for a motorist to have more than 5 nanograms of THC (an active ingredient of marijuana) per milliliter of blood in their system. The initiative is supported by a group called New Approach Washington.
On the other hand, the Colorado initiative, Amendment 64, has raised an estimated $1 million. The initiative asks whether to legalize the use and possession of, at most, an ounce of marijuana for residents who are 21 and older. In addition, it would allow the state to regulate retail sales of the drug.
Below is a list of all currently certified ballot measures that relate to marijuana, in no particular order:
- Oregon Cannabis Tax Act Initiative, Measure 80 (2012)
- Montana Medical Marijuana Veto Referendum, IR-124 (2012)
- Washington Marijuana Legalization and Regulation, Initiative 502 (2012)
- Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Initiative, Question 3 (2012)
- Colorado Marijuana Legalization Initiative, Amendment 64 (2012)
- Arkansas Medical Marijuana Question (2012)
- Reuters, "Marijuana Legalization Supporters Raise $3 Million In Washington, Colorado," August 25, 2012
- The Seattle Times, "Marijuana legalization initiative to turn signatures next week," December 20, 2011
- Associated Press, "WA pot legalization signatures submitted to state," December 29, 2011
- The Seattle Times, "Pro-pot campaign gets big names, deep pockets," November 4, 2011
- Denver Post, "8 initiatives to legalize pot seek spots on 2012 Colorado ballot," May 20, 2011