Marijuana Election News

Arizona group files recreational cannabis legalization ballot measure

Arizona voters may get a chance to decide next year whether to legalize recreational marijuana, which could open up a host of new cannabis business opportunities if it succeeds. Legalization advocates said they’ve filed paperwork with the Arizona Secretary of State to put the question before voters in 2020. They’ll need to collect at least 237,645 […]

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Dueling recreational cannabis legalization campaigns in Montana

At least two political campaigns are underway in Montana to get recreational marijuana ballot measures before voters in 2020. If multiple measures end up making the ballot, they could split the vote and deter legalization for several more years According to the Missoulian, one of the two campaigns, MontanaCan, had already filed its ballot measure […]

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Idaho petitioners file to put medical marijuana on 2020 ballot

Idaho advocates filed an initiative to place medical marijuana on the 2020 ballot, which would potentially create a statewide MMJ retail market. The Idaho Cannabis Coalition submitted initial signatures to start the process, and the Secretary of State now will review the initiative, according to Boise TV station KBOI. The organizers will attempt to collect 55,057 […]

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Colorado lawmakers give final OK to bill allowing social use of marijuana

Colorado lawmakers have signed off on a bill to allow retail cannabis stores, hotels, restaurants and other businesses to apply for marijuana social consumption areas. House Bill 1230 moved through the Colorado Legislature after the House approved changes made in the state Senate. It now heads to Gov. Jared Polis, who is expected to sign the legislation, Denver […]

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Hundreds of marijuana grower opportunities could result from this California county’s election

Amid this month’s election hubbub, one Northern California county’s vote tally opened the door to potentially hundreds of marijuana growers entering the state’s legal cannabis market. In rural Calaveras County – which enacted a commercial MJ cultivation ban in January – two candidates beat out anti-marijuana officials on the five-member county board of supervisors, making the repeal […]

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Gubernatorial win could mean Kansas push toward medical marijuana legalization

The election in Kansas of Democrat Laura Kelly earlier this month puts a medical marijuana supporter in the state’s governor’s seat, and she recently said she senses “some momentum” among legislators to legalize MMJ with strict regulations, The Wichita Eagle reported. MMJ bills have been considered without success for years in Kansas, even though some […]

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Attorney: Utah medical cannabis compromise ‘undermines’ voters’ decision

A pair of pro-marijuana groups in Utah accused the Mormon church of “extreme undermining” with regards to a medical cannabis ballot measure. The letter, sent by attorney Rocky Anderson on behalf of the groups Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education (TRUCE), and the Epilepsy Association of Utah, accuses the church of trying to interfere […]

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Gov wins may provide business boost in some small, moderate cannabis markets

A number of pro-cannabis gubernatorial victories in the midterm elections could potentially lead to friendlier environments for marijuana firms in several states with small- to moderate-sized markets. Here are some key winners that cannabis entrepreneurs will be carefully watching: Connecticut: Ned Lamont, a Democrat, said he would like to legalize adult-use marijuana. Maryland: Republican Larry Hogan […]

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Pro-cannabis candidate Nessel wins Michigan’s closely watched AG’s race

In a victory for Michigan’s upcoming adult-use marijuana program and the cannabis businesses that will serve it, Democrat Dana Nessel defeated Republican Tom Leonard in the state attorney general’s race. Nessel was a vocal supporter of Proposal 1, the ballot question that legalized recreational cannabis. Leonard opposed the measure but told the press he’d uphold […]

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Vast majority of local California cannabis ballot measures approved

The vast majority of at least 94 cannabis-related local ballot measures in California were either approved easily by voters or appeared headed to victory after Election Day 2018, a development that is expected to be a boon for marijuana entrepreneurs looking for new markets. Just 15 of the 94 were defeated at the ballot box, […]

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Marijuana champion Rohrabacher loses US House seat to Democrat

U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, one of the cannabis industry’s most outspoken allies on Capitol Hill, has lost his congressional seat. The California Republican from Orange County lost his bid for re-election to Democrat Harley Rouda after a lengthy vote-counting process that stretched into Wednesday. The final tally: Rouda 50.7%, Rohrabacher 49.3%. Rohrabacher, who was first elected to […]

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Utah medical cannabis election victory could help ensure program’s viability

Voters approved a medical marijuana initiative in Utah, a victory that could put additional pressure on state lawmakers to ensure the modest program is financially viable. Proponents and opponents recently hashed out a legislative compromise in advance of Tuesday’s election, but some details are still being hammered out. “On some of these loose ends (of […]

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