November 2, 2014

Anxiously Waiting For 2014 ‘Marijuana Midterm’ Election Day

November 2, 2014
marijuana election 2014

marijuana election 2014After the historic 2012 Election, where Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana and anti-marijuana Attorney General candidate Dwight Holton was defeated in Oregon, many states started contemplating their next move. Would they wait until the next Presidential election year (2016), or make an attempt at achieving reform in the very next election (2014). There was a lot of arguing, and some shunning by national marijuana reform leaders, with many people declaring that 2014 was off limits, and that any attempts in 2014 would fail and therefore would affect chances in 2016.

I was not one of those people. I have always felt that as long as people are getting arrested and getting their lives ruined, and there’s an election coming up, we should give it all we got. Is a Presidential election year better than a midterm election year? Of course. But we don’t live in a perfect world, and every year that we wait to make an attempt at reform is another year that people are harmed by marijuana prohibition. I’m thankful that many in the reform community stepped up in 2014, which has shaped up to be one of the biggest years in the history of marijuana reform.

This will be my third election while running this blog (not including special elections of course). In 2010 Jay Smoker and I hung out at my house to watch the sad defeat of California Proposition 19 (would have legalized recreational) and Oregon Measure 74 (would have legalized medical marijuana dispensaries). Then in 2012, we of course saw Colorado and Washington legalize marijuana, which was absolutely one of my favorite memories of all time. We were at an election night party surrounded by other activists, and high fives and hugs were in abundance that night. The only thing that would have made it better would be if other efforts had succeeded, especially my home State of Oregon (Measure 80), but we have another chance at it this year.

The way things are going, this will be my first election since starting this blog that I’ll be alone on election night. I’ve tried to crack into some election night parties, but people don’t respond and I was never invited. I guess I’m just not one of the cool kids ha ha. Oh well, if I have to celebrate at home by myself, it may be for the best, as I don’t want anyone to hear me scream like a school girl when Oregon legalizes marijuana and I no longer have to live in fear. Below are all of the 2014 Election Day issues to watch for, courtesy of Russ Belville:

StateMeasurePurposeLocal CloseShow Close
GuamProposal 14AMedical8pm Guam2am Pacific
FloridaAmendment 2Medical7pm Eastern5pm Pacific
Maine, LewistonQuestion 2Legal8pm Eastern5pm Pacific
Maine, South PortlandLocal BallotLegal8pm Eastern5pm Pacific
Massachusetts8 Public Policy QuestionsReps Should Support Legalization8pm Eastern5pm Pacific
Michigan, BerkleyLocal BallotDecriminalization8pm Eastern5pm Pacific
Michigan, ClareLocal BallotDecriminalization8pm Eastern5pm Pacific
Michigan, FrankfortLocal BallotDecriminalization8pm Eastern5pm Pacific
Michigan, HarrisonLocal BallotDecriminalization8pm Eastern5pm Pacific
Michigan, Huntington WoodsLocal BallotDecriminalization8pm Eastern5pm Pacific
Michigan, LapeerLocal BallotDecriminalization8pm Eastern5pm Pacific
Michigan, Mt. PleasantLocal BallotDecriminalization8pm Eastern5pm Pacific
Michigan, OnawayLocal BallotDecriminalization8pm Eastern5pm Pacific
Michigan, Pleasant RidgeLocal BallotDecriminalization8pm Eastern5pm Pacific
Michigan, Port HuronLocal BallotDecriminalization8pm Eastern5pm Pacific
Michigan, SaginawLocal BallotDecriminalization8pm Eastern5pm Pacific
Washington DCInitiative 71Legal8pm Eastern5pm Pacific
Colorado, Adams CountyLocal BallotMarijuana Taxes7pm Mountain6pm Pacific
Colorado, AuroraLocal BallotMarijuana Taxes7pm Mountain6pm Pacific
Colorado, BasaltLocal BallotMarijuana Taxes7pm Mountain6pm Pacific
Colorado, Cañon CityLocal BallotMarijuana Taxes7pm Mountain6pm Pacific
Colorado, Cañon CityLocal BallotAllow Pot Shops7pm Mountain6pm Pacific
Colorado, Hot Sulphur SpringsLocal BallotMarijuana Taxes7pm Mountain6pm Pacific
Colorado, LafayetteLocal BallotMarijuana Taxes7pm Mountain6pm Pacific
Colorado, LakewoodLocal BallotBan Pot Shops7pm Mountain6pm Pacific
Colorado, LyonsLocal BallotMarijuana Taxes7pm Mountain6pm Pacific
Colorado, ManitouLocal BallotBan Pot Shops7pm Mountain6pm Pacific
Colorado, NorthglenLocal BallotMarijuana Taxes7pm Mountain6pm Pacific
Colorado, PalisadeLocal BallotAllow Pot Shops7pm Mountain6pm Pacific
Colorado, Palmer LakeLocal BallotAllow Pot Shops7pm Mountain6pm Pacific
Colorado, Palmer LakeLocal BallotMoratorium on Pot Shops7pm Mountain6pm Pacific
Colorado, PaoniaLocal BallotMarijuana Taxes7pm Mountain6pm Pacific
Colorado, PaoniaLocal BallotAllow Pot Shops7pm Mountain6pm Pacific
Colorado, RamahLocal BallotMarijuana Taxes7pm Mountain6pm Pacific
Colorado, RamahLocal BallotAllow Pot Shops7pm Mountain6pm Pacific
Colorado, Red CliffLocal BallotBan Pot Shops7pm Mountain6pm Pacific
Colorado, RifleLocal BallotMarijuana Taxes7pm Mountain6pm Pacific
Colorado, SilvertonLocal BallotMarijuana Taxes7pm Mountain6pm Pacific
New Mexico, Bernalillo CountyLocal BallotDecriminalization7pm Mountain6pm Pacific
New Mexico, Santa Fe CountyLocal BallotDecriminalization7pm Mountain6pm Pacific
CaliforniaMeasure 47Defelonize Possession8pm Pacific8pm Pacific
California, Butte CountyMeasure AApprove Cultivation Restrictions8pm Pacific8pm Pacific
California, Butte CountyMeasure BRegulate Medical Cultivation8pm Pacific8pm Pacific
California, EncinitasMeasure FOverturn Dispensary Ban8pm Pacific8pm Pacific
California, La MesaMeasure JOverturn Dispensary Ban8pm Pacific8pm Pacific
California, Lake CountyMeasure ORegulate Medical Cultivation8pm Pacific8pm Pacific
California, Lake CountyMeasure PAllow Medical Cultivation8pm Pacific8pm Pacific
California, Nevada CountyMeasure SFix Medical Cultivation8pm Pacific8pm Pacific
California, Santa AnaMeasure BBLimit Dispensaries8pm Pacific8pm Pacific
California, Santa AnaMeasure CCProhibit Dispensary Ban8pm Pacific8pm Pacific
California, Santa CruzMeasure LMedical Marijuana Tax8pm Pacific8pm Pacific
California, Santa Cruz CountyMeasure KMedical Marijuana Tax8pm Pacific8pm Pacific
California, Shasta CountyMeasure ARepeal Cultivation Restrictions8pm Pacific8pm Pacific
California, Shasta LakeMeasure CMedical Marijuana Tax8pm Pacific8pm Pacific
OregonMeasure 91Legal8pm Pacific8pm Pacific
WashingtonAdvisory Vote #8Eliminate Ag Tax Pref for MJ8pm Pacific8pm Pacific
AlaskaBallot Measure 2Legal8pm Alaska9pm Pacific

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