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Historic Marijuana Legalization : Just Say Now
« Reply #1 on: 11-07-2012 at 11:19:14 AM »
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   Dear Supporter,
Yesterday was the most significant day in the history of the movement to end marijuana prohibition in the U.S.

As I’m sure you’ve heard, Colorado and Washington voters approved a pair of ballot measures to allow adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and to buy it from state-licensed vendors. And in Colorado, adults can also grow up to six marijuana plants once the election is certified.

The Colorado and Washington initiatives passed with 54.6% and 55.4% of the vote, respectively. As a result, these two states now have the best marijuana laws in the world. (Better than even Holland, where marijuana cultivation is illegal.)

"I omitted this paragraph where MPP tells me I'm a bad activist because I haven't given them any money." ::)

Unfortunately, a similar proposal to regulate marijuana like alcohol failed in Oregon, garnering only 45% of the vote. This was expected, as that campaign was severely under-funded.

Regarding medical marijuana ...

- In Massachusetts, 63.4% of voters approved the broadest medical marijuana law since Californians passed their law in 1996. As a result, Massachusetts patients with any condition for which a doctor recommends marijuana may purchase it from state-licensed dispensaries or, in some cases, cultivate it at home.

- In Arkansas, voters narrowly defeated an MPP-sponsored measure that would have made Arkansas the first state in the South with an effective medical marijuana law. The ballot question received 48.6% of the vote.

- In Montana, 56.8% of voters approved a bad legislature-enacted law that gutted the state’s medical marijuana law (which MPP passed in 2004). As a result, dispensaries will remain illegal, and we’ll now have to lobby the state legislature to improve Montana’s law.

As you may know, MPP co-drafted the Colorado initiative and ran the signature drive, three of the four campaign staffers were MPP employees, we produced the TV and radio ads, and we provided 90% of the $2,300,000 campaign budget. We couldn’t have done all this without the financial support of our dues-paying members across the country.

In future alerts and mailings, I’ll explain what our next steps will be across the country. But, for now, we’re taking a moment to celebrate!

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Rob Kampia
Executive Director
Marijuana Policy Project
Washington, D.C.