Day: November 5, 2014

NORML PAC Candidates Sweep US House Races

All seven of NORML PAC’s publicly endorsed candidates for the US House of Representatives won decisively in yesterday’s midterm election. These include: Rep. Alan Grayson for Congress (FL-09) Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman for Congress (NJ-12) Rep. Earl Blumenauer for Congress (OR-03) Rep. Steve Cohen for Congress (TN-9) Rep. Beto O’Rourke for Congress (TX-16) Rep. Denny Heck for Congress (WA-10) Rep. Jared Polis for Congress (CO-02) These candidates all endorsed the full legalization of marijuana and are dedicated to championing reform at the federal level in the 114th Congress. We fully […]

Legalization Wins In 3 States! Only Florida Medical Use Falls Short

The election results were overwhelmingly positive for marijuana smokers last night, with full-legalization proposals being approved in Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia. And even the one losing initiative, the medical-use proposal in Florida, won the approval of a significant majority of the voters. Measure 91 in Oregon In a convincing victory, Oregon voters approved Measure 91, which legalizes the use and cultivation of marijuana by those 21 and older and establishes a system of licensing, taxing and regulating marijuana sales under the auspices of the Oregon Liquor Control […]

Alaska Becomes the Fourth State to Legalize Marijuana

Alaska voters approved Measure 2, to legalize and regulate marijuana, with 52% voting in favor (94% of the total vote counted as of writing). The state now joins Oregon and the District of Columbia in legalizing marijuana this election. “This victory in Alaska is the coda to a perfect evening for marijuana legalization supporters,” stated NORML Communications Director Erik Altieri, “In a year where Republicans swept many state and local races, marijuana reform brought voters of both parties together in their support for ending marijuana prohibition. Lawmakers in Congress should […]

Oregon Becomes the Third State to Legalize Marijuana

At time of writing, 54.5% of the vote in Oregon has been counted and analysts and media outlets are calling it a victory for Oregon’s Measure 91 to legalize and regulate marijuana. With that amount counted, the totals are 55.1% YES to 44.9% NO. “Oregon voters have delivered another crippling blow to the war on marijuana consumers,” NORML Communications Director Erik Altieri commented, “By a strong margin, Oregonians rejected the failed policy of prohibition and chose to pursue a new approach to marijuana, one that has so far been successful […]

BREAKING: Marijuana Legalized in Nation’s Capital

With about 30% of the vote counted, analysts are calling it a win for Initiative 71 in Washington, DC to legalize marijuana possession. The current results are 68.6% YES and 31.4% NO. “Voters in the nation’s capital have taken a strong stance against marijuana prohibition,” NORML Communications Director Erik Altieri said about the initiative’s approval, “This victory sends a resounding message to Congress that Americans are ready to legalize marijuana for adult use and, with it right in their backyard, it will be a message that is hard to ignore.” […]

Florida’s Amendment 2 Falls Just Short of 60% Needed

Florida’s Amendment 2, which would have legalized medical marijuana, fell just short of the 60% support required for passage. With 89% of the vote counted, analysts are projecting the amendment will end up with just a hair over 57% of the vote. While not enough to make it a part of Florida’s constitution, it was still a strong showing of support for medical marijuana in a campaign that faced unfriendly voter demographics and a very well funded opposition campaign. “By no means is this a rejection of medical marijuana in […]