Election News

Potential recreational cannabis ballot measure in Ohio hits snag

One of two campaigns that may wind up competing for votes in an upcoming Ohio election has run into a procedural problem with the state’s electoral bureaucracy. The campaign – spearheaded by Ohio Families for Change – is attempting to put a ballot measure before voters to legalize recreational cannabis. But the state attorney general […]

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Marijuana Policy Project launches national search for executive director

A prominent national cannabis reform organization, the Marijuana Policy Project, has begun a search for a new executive director. MPP’s current interim director, Matthew Schweich, will remain on the job “until his successor has been named,” according to a news release. At that point, Schweich will focus all his time on a medical marijuana legalization […]

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Utah medical marijuana campaign may pit Mormon church against governor

Medical marijuana isn’t a hit with everyone in Utah. Even though MMJ legalization is polling at about 77% in favor and is almost certain to be on the ballot in November, Gov. Gary Herbert said he’s formally urging voters to reject it. And the initiative is garnering attention from other big players in the state. The […]

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Chicago voters back recreational marijuana legalization

By an overwhelming margin, Chicago metro area voters told lawmakers they want legal cannabis. In a vote on a nonbinding referendum that asked locals if they want the state to legalize recreational marijuana, 63% of Cook County voters responded “yes,” the Chicago Tribune reported. The county – which includes more than 130 municipalities, including Chicago […]

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Organized opposition emerges for Oklahoma medical cannabis campaign

A statewide initiative to legalize medical marijuana in Oklahoma has already been assured a spot on the ballot in a special election this June, and this week an organized political group emerged to fight the measure. State Question 788 will go before Oklahoma voters on June 26. Standing in MMJ’s way, however, is Oklahomans Against […]

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Poll: 57% of Michigan voters back recreational marijuana legalization

With a statewide ballot measure in Michigan likely to go before voters in November, the campaign working on the initiative just got some good news. According to a recent poll of Michigan voters, a solid 57% of them already support adult-use legalization, according to a survey commissioned by TV station Local 4 and the Detroit News. […]

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More Republicans are raking in money from cannabis industry

The cannabis industry is pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into campaign finance accounts of lawmakers and political action committees. But, for the first time, more of that money is going to Republicans than to Democrats, according to survey by the Center for Responsive Politics commissioned by USA Today. The biggest beneficiaries are states’ rights […]

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Oklahoma voters to consider medical marijuana in June

Oklahoma’s governor set a June 26 date for voters to weigh in on whether to approve medical marijuana for the state. The Hill reported that Gov. Mary Fallin announced the date Thursday, just hours after Attorney General Jeff Sessions released his decision to rescind an Obama-era policy that allowed MMJ to thrive in states nationwide. The June […]

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Florida recreational marijuana legalization groups say they won’t make 2018 ballot

It looks as if Florida’s bid to legalize recreational cannabis will have to wait until at least 2020. Two separate campaigns trying to gather the requisite 766,000 voter signatures to place initiatives on the November 2018 ballot told the Naples Daily News that they won’t make the threshold. And that means there almost certainly won’t be […]

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Oregon congressman starts pro-marijuana PAC

There’s a new political action committee dedicated to defeating members of Congress who cast votes against marijuana, a development that could aid MJ businesses through the passage of pro-cannabis legislation. The new PAC is dubbed the Cannabis Fund, and it was founded by U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, the Statesman Journal reported. The Democrat […]

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Election results: Recreational cannabis legalization strong possibility in New Jersey + wins in Detroit

By John Schroyer

New Jersey is poised to legalize recreational marijuana after a pro-cannabis candidate won the state’s gubernatorial race Tuesday, giving the MJ industry a potentially huge win in what could be a lucrative new market for businesses.

Come January, anti-marijuana Gov. Chris Christie will be out of office and Democrat Phil Murphy will be in.

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Marijuana executives making push into mainstream politics

By John Schroyer Cannabis entrepreneur Todd Mitchem announced in a late-August email blast that he’s running for Congress, and the subject line even referred to the Coloradan as a “marijuana industry leader.” He’s one of at least five current candidates for public office around the United States who have direct professional connections to marijuana.

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