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Marijuana on Midterm Ballot in 3 States; Has a High Chance of Passing

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By    |   Tuesday, 04 Nov 2014 10:40 AM

Marijuana legalization is on the ballot in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington D.C. this midterm election season, and all three respective measures stand a good chance of becoming law.

According to FiveThirtyEight.com, Alaska and Oregon have already legalized medical cannabis, and have a "solid possibility" of legalizing recreational pot. Similarly, The Washington Post reported that the likelihood of legalization in the District of Columbia is "high."

"Polling has shown consistently high support for the [D.C.] measure — at this point, it would be a major surprise if it didn't pass," The Post wrote Monday. It went on to note that, "Legal weed in the nation's capital would be a huge symbolic victory for marijuana reformers."

In D.C., legalization would allow adults 21 and over to possess up to two ounces of marijuana, and grow up to six plants. The law is similar to those passed by Colorado and Washington state in 2012.

Out of the two states with recreational pot on the ballot, Oregon's Measure 91 stands the best chance of passing, while Alaska's Measure 2 remains a toss-up.

Oregon failed to pass a pot initiative in 2012, mostly because the wacky bill was very strangely worded, and included questionable historical references. This time around, the bill and associated campaign ran on a more polished, professional image promoting civil liberties — at times going so far as to call it a legalization effort for people who don't smoke. Because of that, a SurveyUSA poll predicts Measure 91 will pass with 52 percent support.

In Alaska, a notoriously difficult state to poll, Measure 2 could tip in either direction. Women ages 30 to 50 are likely to be the deciding factor.

"Win moms, the logic goes, and you’ll legalize weed," wrote FiveThirtyEight.

In addition to the recreational pot races, The Drug Policy Alliance also noted that Florida's Amendment 2 — which would legalized medical cannabis — remains a toss-up, while California, New Jersey, and New Mexico will vote on measures to re-categorize and reduce punishments related to marijuana use.



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