Your 2010 Marijuana Policy Election Day Scorecard

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Voters all across the country will cast ballots tomorrow in elections that could alter the course of U.S. marijuana policy for years to come. Here are the 9 most important contests to watch for the movement to end marijuana prohibition:

  1. California: Proposition 19 would make marijuana legal for all adults – it represents the best chance to date for a single state to overturn the failure of marijuana prohibition and offer an alternative for others to follow. It would make it legal for all adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana, as well as grow a 25-square-foot marijuana garden on their property. It would also allow localities to tax and regulate marijuana sales, but it remains unclear how the federal government would react if Prop 19 passes. Website:
  2. Arizona: Proposition 203, an MPP-backed initiative, would allow patients suffering from cancer, AIDS, and other life-threatening diseases to use marijuana with their doctor’s recommendation. Patients could purchase their medicine from tightly regulated, state-licensed dispensaries or grow their own if they live more than 25 miles from a clinic. Website:
  3. Oregon: Measure 74 would expand the state’s existing medical marijuana law by authorizing regulated, state-licensed nonprofit clinics to provide improved patient access to their medicine. The system would generate an estimated $3 to $20 million a year for the state through taxes and fees. Website:
  4. South Dakota: Measure 13 would allow patients suffering from cancer, AIDS and other serious ailments to use marijuana with a recommendation from their doctor. Patients could grow their own medicine or designate a caregiver to grow it for them. Website:
  5. Vermont: VOTE Peter Shumlin for governor. Shumlin (D), the state Senate pro tempore, played a major role in passing Vermont’s medical marijuana law in 2004, and has been a staunch advocate for marijuana decriminalization. MPP has spent years lobbying for a decriminalization law in Vermont. With Shumlin as governor, Vermont would be well poised to pass decriminalization and expand its medical marijuana law by authorizing licensed dispensaries. Website:
  6. California: NOT Steve Cooley for attorney general. Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley (R) is a rabid anti-marijuana zealot who has falsely claimed that all medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal, and that he would continue to prosecute adults for marijuana crimes even if voters pass Proposition 19.  If he wins the election for state attorney general, he will become the state’s top law enforcement official and could reverse years of progress toward saner marijuana laws in California. Website:
  7. New Mexico: NOT Susana Martinez for governor. Martinez (R), the leading candidate for governor, has said she will work to overturn New Mexico’s medical marijuana law if elected. New Mexico’s law enjoys wide popular support and is often described as the tightest-regulated law in the country. But Martinez believes federal law should trump a popular local law – despite the Obama administration’s promise of non-intervention in state medical marijuana laws. Website:
  8. Connecticut: VOTE Dan Malloy for governor. Malloy (D) has said that he “absolutely” supports decriminalizing marijuana, as well as medical marijuana legislation that would protect seriously ill patients from arrest. Outgoing Gov. Jodi M. Rell vetoed medical marijuana legislation in 2007. If Malloy were elected governor, proponents would be given renewed hope for passing a medical marijuana law in Connecticut. Website:
  9. Massachusetts: More than 70 local municipalities in Massachusetts will be voting on non-binding resolutions and public policy questions calling on the state government to pass medical marijuana or end marijuana prohibition entirely. These initiatives are a great opportunity for Massachusetts voters to send a strong message to their state lawmakers, as well as give local organizers a better sense of where things stand for future marijuana initiatives in Massachusetts. Website:

You can find links to other MPP state voter guides at our state page.

Now — if you haven’t already — go out and VOTE!

34 responses to “Your 2010 Marijuana Policy Election Day Scorecard”

  1. What does Martinez think she is doing? What would she have done when her brother was arrested for possession with intent to sell? Not medical but for pleasure use.

  2. Although I should add I think God views it at legal now. God is confounded and angry that EVIL humans have declared it illegal and obscenely punish people for using it; those people will be treated similarly (worse actually) sooner or later.

    I would also add that if it doesn’t pass, it is not because “it is not God’s will.” I am not keen on the saying which people add to their sentences, “… if it’s God’s will.”

    God already voted! God made this plant!

    Matthew 18:19-20

  3. That is usually how I vote and that is find the ones that I do not want to be in office by voting the next competitor that could beat that person.
    Then my important vote is to find cannabis friendly candidates.

    These are just my simple guide lines.
    Before the election day, I do try to find out who supports the candidates and also knowing their basic opinions on various issues.

    Vote YES on Proposition 19

  4. Save the children, YES on PROP 19. Don’t leave your children the legacy of PRISONS full of peacefull people. The future generations need better financial planning than that.
    Think ahead you “got miners”. The higher taxes to keep our prisons full may price the dispensaries out of buisness.

  5. @ no on 19

    Richard Lee & his cronies are corrupt Cartel? NONSENSE!!! They do not kill or draw violence to their customers. If customers not satisfy with their weeds, they can return or exchange for other one rather than shoot each other.

  6. @no on 19

    i dont quite understand your argument

    you say that legalizing cannabis for all adults 21 and over for recreational use is prohibition for everyone except medical marijuana dispensaries?

    you make zero sense

  7. And to remind our undecided friends, co-workers, loved ones, multi-generational family members, church members, book-clubbers, cycling buddies, grown children, aging parents, soccer moms, football dads, everybody who cares about our kids and their future, and everyone else interested in the topic (including the “pro-hibition tokers” and the “got-miners”)…

    Jesus said, Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them. (Matthew 7:12).

    I know I would not want my child thrown in jail with the sexual predators, or my aging parents to have their house confiscated and sold by the police, over a little marijuana.

    We can change the world when we vote.

  8. I think the tokers who vote no suck! Only interested in your own profits, eh? Sorry but no one should be arrested for smoking pot…this NEEDS to pass!

  9. I early voted for the Arizona medical marijuana law even though I don’t care for the level of restriction. Local authorities are falling over themselves trying to out-tough each other with proposed zoning limitations for dispensaries after it passes. Still, the law sends a message and is a timid, babystep in the right direction. If Cali passes Prop 19 we may be able to pass something similar in the next election cycle.

  10. It’s election time and we’re almost at the finish line!!!…Californians need to put down the medication and get out to Vote YES on Prop 19!!! The whole world is watching how California is going to vote, which will have a domino effect on the other states as well as other countries. Lets make a positive change for future generations, VOTE YES ON PROP 19!!!

  11. Good luck Cali, The world is watching; ” I want to sit here and watch you get high, that’s alright, it should be legalized….I want to sit here and watch you smoke, its alright, I think I’ll have a toke. Let us pray for tomorrow that Prop 19 passes.

  12. please cali. never wanted somthing so bad in my life to truely b free, its a statement i cant believe that could come true. the world is waiting for youre lead cali.

  13. Prop 19 is the only thing that I want to know the outcome of tonight. To hell with the reps and dems, just Prop 19. I don’t live in Cali, but I sure have tried to help and sure want to see someone get free, finally. Vote yes today folks, just vote yes.

    Bud break party at my house if Prop 19 passes, well, we’ll pary anyway. Just don’t know if it will be with tears of joy or sadness.

    Show us what you got Cali!!!!

  14. Don’t worry my friends. California will get it right tonight. Forget those stupid polls. This is a social movement that all the Nancy Reagans on earth can’t stop. PROP 19 WILL WIN!

  15. This totally sucks, not one of the Marijuana Reform Props passed.
    I got my yes vote in for Prop 19.
    We seemed to be making good progress the last few years.
    All the talking heads on TV are saying it was not about reps or dems, but failed big gov policies, that the people don’t like.
    I can not think of a bigger failed gov policy than the Drug war.
    What a bad joke. 🙁
    Well lets get another prop 19 going for 2012.
    Let the debate continue.
    The TRUTH is on our side. It is just a matter of time, right.

  16. I think the problem with the latest round of failed initiatives is the home grow component. Without the home grow component, I think prop 19 would have passed easily. Alot of people who may vote for personal freedom may not if it means thier nieghbors are going to have a small farm in the backyard..

    Maybe we need to focus on possession first (and legalization without the grow in your backyard provisions) as that seems to garner the most support. Just a thought.

  17. WHAT HAPPENED? We lost everywhere. Can you focus on Texas now so we can get medical marijuana passed in this upcoming session? PLEASE HELP. I will do everything possible. Thanks.

    • KC, MPP spearheads ballot initiatives and lobbying campaigns on a state-by-state basis based on the amount of support in that state and how likely it is that it will be successful. This means that even though we are not actively targeting Texas right now, that does not mean we will not in the future if the time is right. Believe me, we want to help reform marijuana laws in every state — if only we had unlimited resources!

  18. Just a thought about our losses last night… I think in Texas (and maybe other states) we should be targeting a medical decision at the highest medical authority in the state, not making it a “popular vote”. I am going to go after the Texas Medical Board to convince them to sponsor our cause to the legislature. What do you think?

  19. Mike, would MPP consider putting up a dialogue site/link/page for discussion of platform points for inclusion in subsequent efforts? I think that the key to reaching swing voters in 2012 will be to identify message components that appeal to the swing voters without scaring them off. For examples of “scaring them off”, I’ll point out that a number of posts include material that may be counter-productive in terms of persuading voters:
    1) comparison to alcohol or tobacco. Raising the “it’s no worse than booze and cigarettes” concept is probably not an appealing reason for a parent of young children to vote for something.
    2) railing about hypocrisy. Hypocrisy is a fact of life. Asking people to drop their hypocrisy tends to create defensive behavior rather than an openness to new ideas.
    3) name calling and profanity. Putting myself in the mind of an undecided voter (think “Soccer Mom”) and reading over a fair number of the comments on this site, there is a lot that would be needlessly offensive. In a lot of our ordinary conversations in life, we probably have to choose between being offensive and being persuasive. In the case of the MPP site, the choice may come down to either being a more or less wide-open free-speech site, or developing some guidelines for comments and declining to post comments that include profanity and name calling. (And before anybody trashes me on this, please think about whether we want a site where we can vent, or do want a site we can refer to as a source of information for undecided voters, e.g., soccer moms. We probably can’t have it both ways.)

    On a more positive side, I wonder what would be some platform items that WOULD be appealing to undecided swing voters? Can we come up with two or three or ten points that DO have a powerful potential to pick up that final 10% of the voters that we need?

    Let’s focus on the positive, develop a plan, and go forward!

  20. Response to Someone # 31:

    3,297,590 voted YES on prop 19. That’s more than THREE MILLION people.
    3,826,487 voted no.

    So the two big question: How to change the voting decision of just 300,000 (about 1 in 10) of those “no” voters? And how to get more “yes” voters to the polls? In 2012, if just 5% of the “no” voters change their vote, and if just 5% more of the “yes” voters get out and vote, that would be enough to pass the proposal. That sounds like an achievable goal to me.
    2012 is just two years away. This thing ain’t over yet.

    data source: Ballotpedia at,_the_Marijuana_Legalization_Initiative_(2010)

  21. Though we’d love to see our medicine decriminalized, taxed and regulated (really), smaller Northern California growers rejected Prop 19 because of the prohibitive restrictions that would have disabled “mom&pop” growers. Next time, please gear the formulae toward us, not tooled-up-&-ready tobacco companies and Oaksterdam. (25 square feet of grow-space?! 75 would be feasible.) Also, framing the proposition toward “decriminalization” rather than “legalization” will be more palliative to fearful voters. That said.. thanks for the good intentions.

  22. yeah.. it surely doesn’t help when one of the people on the list of opposers is “The California Cannabis Association” ..

    I mean don’t like it.. sit it out and don’t actively support it but don’t come out against it..

    If marijuana becomes legal.. ever.. its not gonna be mom an pops grow operation..get over it. if there is money to be made big players are going to step in and they will change it by campaign contributions if they have to to politicians if you pass a save teh mom and pops shops plan… so start making some mergers or something but don’t actively thwart reform because you are greedy… or it does not include EVERYTHING you desire. supporting and fighting legalization at the same time at this point is just stupid..get something passed and work to tweak it later.

  23. Marijuana legalization would make vast differences in our safety.You limit the real money maker for cartels south,you have equipment and manpower for serious crime and regulation,and most important our ports and borders.This is my question to any american—How does cocaine and herion get to every town in america.These drugs do not grow here, leaving only one way that they route.OUR BOARDERS,how can you honestly tell me that over half the world hates us,yet there can be tons of drugs that make it here without sliping a WMD on the same boat.It is fact that our C.I.A sold to us in the past,bankers and big busniess sometimes,cartels for some.The routes are wide open for any dirty bomb,terrorist, or bio-weapon.We need to take our resource to security before we regret it.

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