Ballot measures to liberalize laws involving marijuana use will be on the ballot in 9 states this November
Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada all will have measures on the ballot to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes. Arkansas, Florida, Montana and Missouri, will decide whether to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana for medicinal use.
“What we have now on our side is actual experience in states like Colorado and Washington,” Aaron Smith, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association said.
“Now voters can actually see how these programs are working in these states. Before, there were prophecies of doom and gloom.”
In California, 7 groups supporting Proposition 64 have raised more than $8-M, according to the most recent filings with the Secretary of State’s office.
The measure legalizing marijuana for medical use in Florida has attracted $3.8-M in contributions, most of it from trial attorney John Morgan.
On the anti-legalization side, Smart Approaches to Marijuana, a group founded by Kevin Sabet, director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida, Patrick Kennedy and conservative columnist David Frum, has raised more than $2-M to oppose legalization measures in Arizona, California, Nevada, Massachusetts and Maine.