Montana Medical Marijuana Expansion Opposition
Montana Medical Marijuana Expansion Opposition as the majority of Montana voters oppose the medical marijuana expansion proposed in I-182,
according to a recent poll.
The findings suggest that Montana is bucking the national trend of
acceptance of the drug, and the campaign for the initiative says that its own data paints a
different picture. A Lee Newspapers poll of more than 1,000 registered voters, conducted Oct.
10-12, found that 51 percent of people responding said they they would vote no on the ballot
initiative. It would restore access to medical marijuana for thousands of Montanans while putting
in place licensing, product testing and other restrictions. Of those polled, 44 percent favored the
measure, leaving 5 percent undecided. The majority of Democrats and Independents favored
the initiative, the poll showed. But it wasn’t enough to overcome Republicans, who came out 72
percent against I-182.
A Florida lawyer is suing after a Miami-area woman’s ballot was missing one of the
election’s highly debated issues, a shot to legalize medical pot. Karen Goldstein, head of
NORML Florida, received an absentee ballot earlier this month in Broward County, but the spot
for the state’s Amendment 2 was mysteriously blank. The measure is asking residents for an up
or down vote on legalizing weed for medical use, part of a raft of cannabis-centered questioned
posed to residents across the country next month. More than 60% of voters need to approve the
amendment for it to pass, and a lawyer has filed suit against a Broward County official saying
that ballots with it could cause “irreparable harm” and deny residents their constitutional rights.
“The end result of this error is catastrophic and cataclysmic,” Norm Kent, a lawyer for marijuana
reform group NORML, wrote in a filing obtained by the Miami Herald.
Competing proposals to legalize Arkansas medical marijuana would cost the state more to
administer than they would create in new tax revenue, state finance officials said
Thursday, projecting they’d need as much as $5.7 million in additional funding if voters approve
either measure next month. The Department of Finance and Administration said each proposal
would generate nearly $2.5 million in sales tax revenue annually, though it warned it would take
18 to 24 months to reach that point. The department said the new tax dollars wouldn’t be
enough for the costs it and the Department of Health would face for overseeing the medical pot
program. The analysis looked at estimated sales tax revenue from the dispensaries. It doesn’t
include additional costs other agencies have claimed they would face if either measure is
approved. The director of the Arkansas State Police, Col. Bill Bryant, told the panel his agency
would need $2.8 million in additional funding to hire new staff and buy new equipment if medical
marijuana is legalized. The state Crime Lab has also said it would need additional funding if
medical pot passes.
Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg said he’s backing a ballot question that
would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the state. Rosenberg said he hopes he
and fellow lawmakers can make improvements to the question if voters approve it, but he didn’t
offer specific changes. Rosenberg also said residents who want to cultivate their own marijuana
should “be able to have a few plants growing on your property.” The November ballot question
would let those 21 years old or older possess up to one ounce of marijuana for recreational use
and allow the home cultivation of up to 12 marijuana plants. Rosenberg’s endorsement came as
opponents of the ballot question reported a $1 million donation by Las Vegas Sands Corporation
CEO Sheldon Adelson, bringing their fundraising total to $1.7 million. Supporters have raised
nearly $3.7 million.
Police say authorities cited a documentary filmmaker and former Philadelphia mayoral
candidate after finding small amounts of marijuana. A police spokesman tells The
Philadelphia Inquirer authorities found marijuana on Sam Katz on Thursday morning at
Philadelphia International Airport. Katz says he was heading to Florida for a weekend fishing