Michigan Gubernatorial Candidates Split on Party Lines Over Legalization Issue

In Michigan — where, in November, voters will both elect a new governor and decide whether to legalize adult-use cannabis — governor candidates are sharply divided along party lines over the issue of cannabis legalization, according to a Michigan Radio report. There are four Republicans, three Democrats, and two Libertarians currently in the gubernatorial race; the Republicans have […]

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Mexico’s President-Elect Favors Drug Decriminalization

Mexico’s general elections were held on Sunday, July 1 and the emerging victor for the country’s presidential run, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, is likely to push for criminal drug law reforms, according to a teleSUR report. President-elect López Obrador, who is a former mayor of Mexico City, is already considering decriminalizing recreational cannabis use and regulating […]

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Cannabis Advocates Running for Office in Washington State

Washington state’s cannabis caucus is poised to grow this year, with at least five candidates who are either cannabis activists, have worked in the industry, or currently own cannabis businesses running for state and local offices. Statewide elections Crystal Oliver — who owns an outdoor cannabis farm in Eastern Washington, is an executive assistant to […]

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Advocates Weigh in on Role Cannabis Policy Played in New Jersey & Virginia Governor Races

The Midterm elections saw two pro-cannabis politicians elevated to the governor’s seats as New Jersey chose Democrat Phil Murphy over Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, and Virginia voters tabbed Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat physician, over Republican Ed Gillespie in Virginia. While both governors-elect support cannabis law reforms, on the campaign trail, Murphy indicated he […]

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New Yorkers Can Vote for a Path to Legalization Tomorrow, Nov. 7

Voters in New York will decide tomorrow, November 7, whether or not to host a Constitutional Convention in 2019. If approved, Con Con (as it is known in some political circles) could become a platform for the statewide legalization of adult-use cannabis via an amendment to the state’s Constitution. The combination of today’s political climate […]

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Oregon Cannabis Tax Hikes Approved in Most Localities

Tuesday marked major developments for legal marijuana around the U.S. — but voters in Oregon were considering a different type of cannabis question: 111 different communities and municipalities held votes on whether or not to add a three percent local tax on top of the state’s 17 percent cannabis sales tax. Specific tax revenue from […]

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Questions Abound for Implementing Amendment 2

Officials in Florida have a tricky task in front of them — how to implement the new tenets of the medical cannabis program approved by voters on Election Day. State regulators have until July to write the rules for the new program, but, according to a Tampa Bay Times report, the process is complicated by the […]

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Green Tuesday: Eight of Nine Cannabis Initiatives Pass

Voters in California, Nevada, and Massachusetts have legalized adult cannabis use. Ballots are still being counted in Maine, and it looks extraordinarily tight, but the Yes On 1 campaign declared victory early this morning. Arizona voters turned down their recreational cannabis initiative. Arkansas, Florida, North Dakota, and Montana each voted for either allowing medical cannabis […]

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Arkansas Voters Sue State Over Issue 7 Disqualification

Three Arkansas voters are suing the state arguing they have been disenfranchised due to the state Supreme Court’s disqualifying of the Issue 7, or the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports. The lawsuit seeks to allow early voters who voted for the measure to be able to correct their vote — and support Issue […]

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Florida NORML Files Emergency Injunction After MMJ Question Omitted from Some Ballots

NORML of Florida is suing Broward County Supervisor of Elections Dr. Brenda Snipes after it was revealed that mail-in ballots had been sent to voters omitting the medical marijuana amendment ballot question, the chapter announced in a Facebook post. The lawsuit is asking a judge to require new ballots, along with an information sheet explaining […]

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Survey: Cannabis Policy has Significant Influence on Voter Opinions in Upcoming Election

According to Cannalytics’ 2016 Voter Report, cannabis policy has a “significant impact and influence” on voter opinions in the upcoming election and that 95 percent of the near 6,000 respondents would rather use legal medical marijuana over prescription drugs, regardless of whether they have used cannabis before. The report found that 46 percent identified as […]

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Pro-64 TV Ad Campaign Debuts in California

Ads supporting Proposition 64 in California have started airing on broadcast and cable channels in the state, according to a blog posted on the Californians for Responsible Marijuana Reform website. The spots highlight the restrictions of the program and how it will keep children from accessing the drug as well as the revenue expected under […]

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Casino Mogul Adelson Makes Huge Donation to Anti-MMJ PAC

Sheldon Adelson, the CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp., has donated $1 million to the Drug Free Florida Committee, a political action committee trying to defeat Florida’s medical marijuana ballot initiative, according to a report from the Associated Press. Two years ago, the billionaire casino mogul donated $5.5 million to Drug Free Florida to defeat a […]

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Drugmaker Funding AZ Prohibitionists Worried Legalization Will Limit Product Success

According to Securities and Exchange Commission filings by Insys — the drug maker that donated $500,000 to the anti-legalization campaign in Arizona — the company is openly concerned that cannabis legalization would “significantly limit the commercial success” of a product called Dronabinol Oral Solution currently being developed by the Pheonix-based company. “If marijuana or non-synthetic […]

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Pharmaceutical Company Donates $500,000 to Arizona Anti-Legalization Group

Pharmaceutical company Insys, makers of the sublingual fentanyl spray Subsys, has donated $500,000 to the campaign working toward defeating Arizona’s recreational-use ballot initiative, according to a report by U.S. News & World Report. The amount is almost five times the second largest donation of $110,000 from the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Fentanyl is […]

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Poll: Half of AZ Voters Support Prop. 205

According to an Arizona Republic/Morrison Institute for Public Policy/Cronkite News poll, 50 percent of Arizona voters would “likely approve” the ballot measure to legalize recreational cannabis use; while 40 percent remain opposed with 10 percent undecided. Democrats overwhelmingly supported the measure, with 64 percent indicating they would likely vote ‘yes.’ The majority of Republicans, 56 […]

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A Second MMJ Initiative is Approved for Arkansas Ballot

A second medical marijuana ballot initiative will be put to voters in November after the Secretary of State’s office certified the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports. Now both camps — the AMMA and the previously-approved Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act — will be battling against each other in addition to Republican leadership, including […]

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Initiative to Allow Cannabis Clubs in Denver, CO Fails to Meet Signature Requirements

The campaign to allow social cannabis use in Denver, Colorado failed to get the required signatures for the proposal to appear on November ballots, according to an Associated Press report. However, a second proposal to allow cannabis use at some bars and restaurants is still awaiting word whether or not it will be put to […]

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Clinton Leading Trump in Poll of Cannabis Industry

According to a survey by Marijuana Business Daily, 43 percent of marijuana professionals and executives would vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton if the election were held today, while 26 percent would vote for Republican Donald Trump, with 16 percent opting for Libertarian Gary Johnson. Green Party Candidate Jill Stein was not mentioned in the poll. […]

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The Marijuana Policy Project Endorses Libertarian Gary Johnson for President

The Marijuana Policy Project has formally endorsed the Libertarian Party candidate and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson in his bid for the White House. Johnson served two terms as governor from 1995 to 2003 as a member of the Republican Party. In a statement announcing their endorsement, MPP Executive Director Rob Kampia said Johnson […]

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