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Poll: 62% of Florida Voters Have Already Voted or Will Vote in Favor of Amendment 2

A has found that 62% of Florida voters have either already voted in favor of Amendment 2 (early voting began last week), or they plan to do so. According to the survey, only 35% plan to vote against the proposal, with just 3% being undecided.

Amendment 2, put forth by the organization United for Care, would legalize medical cannabis in Florida by making it a constitutional right. If approved into law, those who receive a recommendation from a physician would be authorized to possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis, and dispensaries would allowed as a means of patients obtaining safe access to the medicine.

Anzalone Liszt Grove concludes their study by pointing out the importance of voter turnout, saying that; “Florida doctors may soon prescribe medical marijuana for those suffering from debilitating diseases. But turnout is important. If the Yes on 2 campaign continues turning out strong supporters to the polls, then medical marijuana can pass statewide.

The poll, which focused on the actual language of Amendment 2 that will appear on the ballot, and not a summary of it as other polls have done, can be found by clicking here.

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2014 Election a Week Away

A week from today, on Tuesday, November 4th, the 2014 general election will occur, and voters in numerous locales will be given the opportunity to strike a blow to the absurd prohibition on cannabis.

Below is a quick overview of the cannabis-related proposals being voted on:

Oregon:

Measure 91 would legalize the possession of up to 8 ounces of cannabis, in addition to the private cultivation of up to 4 plants. The proposal would also authorize state-licensed cannabis retail outlets, which anyone 21 and older could purchase cannabis from. The outlets would be regulated by the Oregon Liquor Commission, and cannabis would be taxed at $35 an ounce.

Alaska:

Ballot Measure 2, a constitutional amendment, would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older. Cannabis retail outlets would also be authorized under the initiative. Early and absentee voting began last week, and continues through to election day.

California:

Proposition 47 – the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act – would remove felony charges for the personal possession of illegal drugs, reducing the sentence to a misdemeanor (unless the person has a history of violent crimes). The initiative, which was put forth by San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and San Diego Police Chief William Landsdowne, would also defelonize some other nonviolent offenses including petty theft and check fraud. Early voting began last month, and continues until Monday.

Florida:

Amendment 2 would legalize the possession and distribution of medical cannabis for those who receive a recommendation from a physician. Patients would be authorized to possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis at any given time, and would be able to purchase from dispensaries in order to obtain their medicine. Early voting began last week, and ends Saturday.

Washington D.C.:

Initiative 71 would legalize the possession and use of up to two and a half ounces of cannabis, going a step further the district’s recently-enacted law which finds the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis a simple fine, rather than an arrestable misdemeanor. The proposal wouldn’t authorize cannabis retail outlets, but would remove the possibility of any jail time or fine for possessing up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis. Early voting begins today, and ends Saturday.

South Portland, Maine and Berkley, Michigan:

South Portland and Berkley will both be voting on initiatives that do essentially the same thing; legalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis for those 21 and older. In Maine, a similar initiative was approved last year in Portland with 67% of the vote, and in Michigan, similar initiatives has been approved in Detroit, Lansing, Ferndale, Jackson, Flint and Grand Rapids.

The importance of this election can’t be overstated, as the passage of any of these proposals would be a major victory for the cannabis reform movement. But, for any of these to be approved, advocates must VOTE!

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Michigan Court: Patients Can Receive Unemployment Compensation if Fired Over Cannabis

In a groundbreaking decision, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Friday that workers in the state who are authorized medical cannabis patients should receive unemployment compensation if they were fired solely because they tested positive for cannabis.

“It’s a very favorable decision for the civil rights of employees in Michigan,” says Matt Abel, an attorney in Detroit who operates as the execusitve director of Michigan NORML. “This decision is another acknowledgment that medical-marijuana users’ rights have been unfairly infringed.”

Abel continues; “[Patients can] still can be fired for medical-marijuana use — even off the job, which we think is wrong. But now, at least they can’t be barred from unemployment benefits for that reason alone”.

Friday’s decision affirmed lower court decisions that the state’s medical cannabis law preempts its unemployment law.

For the ruling, the Court of Appeals – which consists of a three-person panel – found that three state courts were right in reversing a decision by the Michigan Compensation Appellate Commission to deny three workers their unemployment compensation after they were fired by their employers over a positive cannabis test. The Court ruled that a provision of Michigan’s medical cannabis act prohibits penalties for those who use cannabis legally for medical purposes.

The ruling sets immediate precedent across the state.

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Shop Sesh: Artist Kinsey Zaïre hopes “perfect little pipe” design takes off

Interview: Denver artist Kinsey Zaïre is putting her own spin on pipes with a soon-to-be launched ceramics line called “Glazed,” and the star is a petite sparrow pipe with a bowl on its back and an eye for a carb. “Earlier this year, I was sitting around getting high one day and the bowl I was smoking out of was hideous. That’s when I decided to make the perfect little pipe.”

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