Marijuana Policy Project

Marijuana Initiatives: November 2004

17 Victories Out of 20 Initiatives

City or State Name of Measure Effect of Measure Vote Results MPP Funding? Run By
Montana I-148 Allow patients to use, possess, and grow their own medical marijuana without fear of arrest or jail.

See www.MontanaCares.org for details.

Win: 62% to 38% Yes: $450,000 MPP
Alaska Measure 2 Remove criminal penalties for marijuana use by adults aged 21 and older, and prompt the state legislature to tax and regulate marijuana.

See www.RegulateMarijuanaInAlaska.org for details.

Loss: 44% to 56% Yes: $1,200,000 MPP's Alaskans for Marijuana Regulation and Control, with Alaskans for Rights and Revenues
Oregon Measure 33 Strengthen Oregon's existing medical marijuana law by allowing registered patients to purchase marijuana at nonprofit, state-regulated dispensaries. Loss: 42% to 58% Yes: $520,000 Voter Power, with assistance from MPP
Ann Arbor, Michigan Proposal C Amend the city charter to allow medical use of marijuana without fear of arrest under local law.

See www.mpp.org/MI for details.

Win: 74% to 26% Yes: Grants Program: $4,000 Medical Marijuana in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Saline
Columbia, Missouri Proposition 2 Treat misdemeanor marijuana possession cases as civil matters, reducing penalties to a maximum $250 fine (instead of a possible year in jail).

See www.mpp.org/MO for details.

Win: 61% to 39% Yes: Grants Program: $25,000 Columbia Alliance for Patients and Education (CAPE)
Columbia, Missouri Proposition 1 Permit medical marijuana use without fear of city-level arrest.

See www.mpp.org/MO for details.

Win: 69% to 31% Yes: Grants Program: $25,000 Columbia Alliance for patients and Education (CAPE)
Oakland, California Measure Z Make marijuana offenses the lowest priority for local law enforcement, and direct the city to tax and regulate marijuana as soon as state law permits it.

See www.mpp.org/CA for details.

Win: 64% to 36% Yes: Grants Program: $120,000 Oakland Civil Liberties Alliance
Berkeley, California Measure R Eliminate limits on the amount of medical marijuana qualified patients can possess or cultivate indoors, and regulate medical marijuana despensaries in the city.

See www.mpp.org/CA for details.

Loss: 49% to 50% No Alliance for Berkeley Patients
Massachusetts Initiatives

See http://www.mpp.org/MA for details on the following 12 Massachusetts measures.

Worcester and Norfolk Senate District PPQ #1 Instruct the state representative from the district to vote for medical marijuana legislation. Win: 69% to 31% Yes: Grants Program: $3,333 Drug Policy Forum of Massachusetts
3rd Berkshire Representative District PPQ #3 Instruct the state representative from the district to vote for medical marijuana legislation. Win: 72% to 28% Yes: Grants Program: $3,333 Drug Policy Forum of Massachusetts
2nd Essex Senate District PPQ #1 Instruct the state senator/representative from the district to introduce and vote for legislation making possession of marijuana a civil violation like a traffic ticket instead of a criminal offense. Win: 63% to 37% No MassCann/NORML
3rd Essex and Middlesex Senate District PPQ #1 Instruct the state senator/representative from the district to introduce and vote for legislation making possession of marijuana a civil violation like a traffic ticket instead of a criminal offense. Win: 66% to 34% No MassCann/NORML
1st Hampshire Representative District PPQ #2 Instruct the state representative from the district to vote for legislation that would allow the state to tax and regulate marijuana for sale to adults aged 21 and older. Win: 58% to 42% Yes: Grants Program: $3,333 Drug Policy Forum of Massachusetts
24th Middlesex Representative District PPQ #1 Instruct the state representative from the district to vote for medical marijuana legislation. Win: 80% to 20% Yes: Grants Program, $3,333 Drug Policy Forum of Massachusetts
6th Norfolk Representative District PPQ #1 Instruct the state representative from the district to vote for medical marijuana legislation. Win: 71% to 29% Yes: Grants Program, $3,333 Drug Policy Forum of Massachusetts
10th Norfolk Representative District PPQ #1 Instruct the state senator/representative from the district to introduce and vote for legislation making possession of marijuana a civil violation like a traffic ticket instead of a criminal offense. Win: 60% to 40% No MassCann/NORML
3rd Plymouth Representative District PPQ #1 Instruct the state representative from the district to vote for legislation that would make possession of less than one ounce of marijuana a civil violation, subject to a maximum fine of $100 and not subject to any criminal penalties. Win: 69% to 31% Yes: Grants Program, $3,333 Drug Policy Forum of Massachusetts
7th Plymouth Representative District PPQ #2 Instruct the state representative from the district to vote for medical marijuana legislation. Win: 70% to 30% Yes: Grants Program, $3,333 Drug Policy Forum of Massachusetts
6th Worcester Representative District PPQ #1 Instruct the state representative from the district to vote for legislation that would make possession of less than one ounce of marijuana a civil violation, subject to a maximum fine of $100 and not subject to any criminal penalties. Win: 63% to 37% Yes: Grants Program, $3,333 Drug Policy Forum of Massachusetts
12th Worcester Representative District PPQ #2 Instruct the state representative from the district to vote for legislation that would make possession of less than one ounce of marijuana a civil violation, subject to a maximum fine of $100 and not subject to any criminal penalties. Win: 68% to 32% Yes: Grants Program, $3,333 Drug Policy Forum of Massachusetts
Additional Initiatives Initiatives not counted among the 17 Election Day victories, because they were voted on at other points in the year
Detroit Proposal M Protect medical marijuana patients from city-level arrest and jail.

See www.mpp.org/MI for details.

Voted on in August.

Win: 59% to 41% Yes: Grants Program, $30,000 Detroit Coalition for Compassionate Care (DCCC) and Michigan NORML
Burlington Question 9 Instruct the state legislature to exempt seriously ill Vermonters from arrest and prosecution for medical marijuana use. (The state legislature later passed a medical marijuana law.)

Voted on in March.

Win: 83% to 17% Yes: $20,000 MPP

Vermont

Vermont State House Races MPP Funding?

MPP’s intensive grassroots campaign succeeded in defeating legislators who opposed the state’s medical marijuana law (passed by the legislature earlier in the year, after a contentious, three-year battle) and protecting candidates who supported it. Three of the six bad incumbents we targeted lost their seats, all three of the good incumbents we were protecting easily won re-election, and we elected one out of three of our candidates to open seats.

These six victories helped to flip control of the Vermont House of Representatives to the Democrats and Progressives — MPP’s goal, due to the Republican House leadership’s unrelenting hostility to our medical marijuana bill. See www.mpp.org/VT for details.

Yes: $155,000

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