Anxiously Waiting For 2014 'Marijuana Midterm' Election Day

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After 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.

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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:

State

Measure

Purpose

Local Close

Show Close

Guam

Proposal 14A

Medical

8pm Guam

2am Pacific

Florida

Amendment 2

Medical

7pm Eastern

5pm Pacific

Maine, Lewiston

Question 2

Legal

8pm Eastern

5pm Pacific

Maine, South Portland

Local Ballot

Legal

8pm Eastern

5pm Pacific

Massachusetts

8 Public Policy Questions

Reps Should Support Legalization

8pm Eastern

5pm Pacific

Michigan, Berkley

Local Ballot

Decriminalization

8pm Eastern

5pm Pacific

Michigan, Clare

Local Ballot

Decriminalization

8pm Eastern

5pm Pacific

Michigan, Frankfort

Local Ballot

Decriminalization

8pm Eastern

5pm Pacific

Michigan, Harrison

Local Ballot

Decriminalization

8pm Eastern

5pm Pacific

Michigan, Huntington Woods

Local Ballot

Decriminalization

8pm Eastern

5pm Pacific

Michigan, Lapeer

Local Ballot

Decriminalization

8pm Eastern

5pm Pacific

Michigan, Mt. Pleasant

Local Ballot

Decriminalization

8pm Eastern

5pm Pacific

Michigan, Onaway

Local Ballot

Decriminalization

8pm Eastern

5pm Pacific

Michigan, Pleasant Ridge

Local Ballot

Decriminalization

8pm Eastern

5pm Pacific

Michigan, Port Huron

Local Ballot

Decriminalization

8pm Eastern

5pm Pacific

Michigan, Saginaw

Local Ballot

Decriminalization

8pm Eastern

5pm Pacific

Washington DC

Initiative 71

Legal

8pm Eastern

5pm Pacific

Colorado, Adams County

Local Ballot

Marijuana Taxes

7pm Mountain

6pm Pacific

Colorado, Aurora

Local Ballot

Marijuana Taxes

7pm Mountain

6pm Pacific

Colorado, Basalt

Local Ballot

Marijuana Taxes

7pm Mountain

6pm Pacific

Colorado, Cañon City

Local Ballot

Marijuana Taxes

7pm Mountain

6pm Pacific

Colorado, Cañon City

Local Ballot

Allow Pot Shops

7pm Mountain

6pm Pacific

Colorado, Hot Sulphur Springs

Local Ballot

Marijuana Taxes

7pm Mountain

6pm Pacific

Colorado, Lafayette

Local Ballot

Marijuana Taxes

7pm Mountain

6pm Pacific

Colorado, Lakewood

Local Ballot

Ban Pot Shops

7pm Mountain

6pm Pacific

Colorado, Lyons

Local Ballot

Marijuana Taxes

7pm Mountain

6pm Pacific

Colorado, Manitou

Local Ballot

Ban Pot Shops

7pm Mountain

6pm Pacific

Colorado, Northglen

Local Ballot

Marijuana Taxes

7pm Mountain

6pm Pacific

Colorado, Palisade

Local Ballot

Allow Pot Shops

7pm Mountain

6pm Pacific

Colorado, Palmer Lake

Local Ballot

Allow Pot Shops

7pm Mountain

6pm Pacific

Colorado, Palmer Lake

Local Ballot

Moratorium on Pot Shops

7pm Mountain

6pm Pacific

Colorado, Paonia

Local Ballot

Marijuana Taxes

7pm Mountain

6pm Pacific

Colorado, Paonia

Local Ballot

Allow Pot Shops

7pm Mountain

6pm Pacific

Colorado, Ramah

Local Ballot

Marijuana Taxes

7pm Mountain

6pm Pacific

Colorado, Ramah

Local Ballot

Allow Pot Shops

7pm Mountain

6pm Pacific

Colorado, Red Cliff

Local Ballot

Ban Pot Shops

7pm Mountain

6pm Pacific

Colorado, Rifle

Local Ballot

Marijuana Taxes

7pm Mountain

6pm Pacific

Colorado, Silverton

Local Ballot

Marijuana Taxes

7pm Mountain

6pm Pacific

New Mexico, Bernalillo County

Local Ballot

Decriminalization

7pm Mountain

6pm Pacific

New Mexico, Santa Fe County

Local Ballot

Decriminalization

7pm Mountain

6pm Pacific

California

Measure 47

Defelonize Possession

8pm Pacific

8pm Pacific

California, Butte County

Measure A

Approve Cultivation Restrictions

8pm Pacific

8pm Pacific

California, Butte County

Measure B

Regulate Medical Cultivation

8pm Pacific

8pm Pacific

California, Encinitas

Measure F

Overturn Dispensary Ban

8pm Pacific

8pm Pacific

California, La Mesa

Measure J

Overturn Dispensary Ban

8pm Pacific

8pm Pacific

California, Lake County

Measure O

Regulate Medical Cultivation

8pm Pacific

8pm Pacific

California, Lake County

Measure P

Allow Medical Cultivation

8pm Pacific

8pm Pacific

California, Nevada County

Measure S

Fix Medical Cultivation

8pm Pacific

8pm Pacific

California, Santa Ana

Measure BB

Limit Dispensaries

8pm Pacific

8pm Pacific

California, Santa Ana

Measure CC

Prohibit Dispensary Ban

8pm Pacific

8pm Pacific

California, Santa Cruz

Measure L

Medical Marijuana Tax

8pm Pacific

8pm Pacific

California, Santa Cruz County

Measure K

Medical Marijuana Tax

8pm Pacific

8pm Pacific

California, Shasta County

Measure A

Repeal Cultivation Restrictions

8pm Pacific

8pm Pacific

California, Shasta Lake

Measure C

Medical Marijuana Tax

8pm Pacific

8pm Pacific

Oregon

Measure 91

Legal

8pm Pacific

8pm Pacific

Washington

Advisory Vote #8

Eliminate Ag Tax Pref for MJ

8pm Pacific

8pm Pacific

Alaska

Ballot Measure 2

Legal

8pm Alaska

9pm Pacific

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