Marijauna Reform Election Wrap-Up

We all know Prop 19 lost in California, although it did get a respectable 46% of the vote. But, how did other marijuana initiatives fare across the country? Marijuana Policy Project has this recap (no link yet, received by e-mail):

  • Arizona: Proposition 203, which would bring a working medical marijuana law to the state, is too-close-to-call at the moment, as tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of additional ballots remain to be counted. MPP will continue to closely monitor the outcome of this proposition over the coming days.
  • South Dakota: Measure 13, which would have protected seriously ill South Dakota residents from arrest and prosecution for using medical marijuana with their doctor’s recommendation, was ultimately rejected by voters.


  • Oregon: Measure 74, which would have established oversight and licensing requirements for medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon, was also defeated by the voters yesterday. This loss, however, does not in any way affect Oregon's existing medical marijuana law.

On a local level, Marijuana Policy Project reports:

  • California: Two of two dispensary bans were defeated in California local elections. Additionally, Kamala Harris is currently maintaining a slim margin of victory over drug-warrior Steve Cooley in the California race for attorney general race.
  • Massachusetts: Nine of nine public policy questions asking legislatures to vote in favor of taxing and regulating marijuana like alcohol passed. Nine of nine public policy questions asking legislatures to vote in favor of medical marijuana legislation passed.
  • Colorado: In 42 cities and counties in the state, voters were asked whether medical marijuana dispensaries should be allowed in their locality. Citizens in eight of these regions voted to allow the dispensaries.
  • Wisconsin: Two of two referenda asking the Wisconsin legislature to enact medical marijuana legislation passed.

Some analysis from MPP is here.

A Gallup Poll last week found 46% of Americans support legal marijuana. It's a question of when, not if, and no one should feel defeated. 2012 will be here before you know it.

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    I think MA will lead the way on legalizing (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by masslib on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 09:30:47 PM EST
    the sale of marijuana, providing they can get a binding resolution on the ballot.  

    South Dakota is cold... (none / 0) (#2)
    by kdog on Thu Nov 04, 2010 at 08:23:15 AM EST
    got no love for the seriously ill at all SD?  For a beautiful part of the country ya sure got some cold ugly hearts...damn.

    Wisconsin (none / 0) (#3)
    by Ben Masel on Thu Nov 04, 2010 at 10:00:38 AM EST
    We got 75.5% in Dane County, carrying every municipality, rural, suburban, and Madison, and topping the vote total for every Candidate in every municipality. This proves substantial support not only from Democratic voters, but a substantial part of the Republican vote.

    UW Madison and UW River Falls campus area wards turned out at the top rate of student wards statewide, still not great, but notable in comparison to student wards elsewhere in the State. Had we been able to put similar measures on the ballot in Platteville and Eau Claire, we'd have saved 2 Assembly and one State Senate seat.