Election News

California marijuana PAC seeking ‘sensible regulation’ launches despite banking challenges

A new cannabis political action committee, Californians for Sensible Regulation of Adult Use, hopes to raise $300,000 by 2020 to support industry-friendly candidates for public office in the state’s key locales. The PAC planned to be operational months ago and hoped to have more time to support candidates in 2018. But six banks declined to offer accounts […]

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Key advocacy group Marijuana Policy Project confronts leadership, funding challenges

Cannabis companies have benefited significantly from the legislative policy advocacy work of the Marijuana Policy Project. But the organization, which has been at the forefront of marijuana legalization across the United States, now faces challenges that cloud its future, including a leadership vacuum and a funding crunch. It recently cut its full-time staff by a […]

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Michigan anti-cannabis group now urges legalization

A campaign formed to combat a Michigan recreational marijuana legalization ballot measure has pivoted in a big way: It’s now asking state lawmakers to establish a more stringent adult-use MJ regulatory system instead of leaving it up to voters.

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Medical cannabis legalization headed to Missouri’s voters

An effort in Missouri to pass narrow medical marijuana legislation to pre-empt ballot initiatives died this week, shortly before the end of the session. The lack of agreement by lawmakers paves the way for voters to decide in November among what could be multiple ballot initiatives, the Kansas City Star reported. An MMJ bill introduced […]

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Ohio recreational marijuana campaign cleared to collect signatures

An Ohio campaign to legalize adult-use cannabis has gotten the go-ahead to begin collecting signatures to place a ballot question before voters in November 2019. The campaign, Ohio Families for Change, got its initiative certified earlier this month for the 2019 ballot by the state attorney general’s office, and the Ohio Ballot Board signed off on it […]

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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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