Smoke the Vote: Final Week Election Update

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director October 30, 2012

    With just one week left until the election, there have been some recent news to report on, including two new campaign ads and several new polls.


    New Approach Washington, the campaign behind the state’s I-502 to regulate marijuana, has released a new television ad focusing on the ways regulation will help control youth use. In the ad, a Washington mother discusses the issues of the black market and how cannabis legalization can help protect our children. “Young people have easy access to marijuana, and of course drug dealers don’t check IDs,” she states of the current system of prohibition. Regulating marijuana would help solve these problems, she says, it is “just common sense.”

    You can view this new advertisement below:

    Polling data released last week by Strategies 360 had I-502 at 54% support with opposition trailing at 38%.


    The campaign in Colorado supporting Amendment 64 has also released a new television ad, this one focusing on the issues facing our veterans suffering from PTSD. The commercial features a father and returning veteran who is unable to procure the cannabis he needs for his condition under Colorado’s medical marijuana laws. Under the current law, patients suffering with PTSD do not qualify for access, but Amendment 64 would remove criminal penalties for possession and would provide them places of safe retail venues at which to procure their medicine.

    “Please vote YES on Amendment 64 so that other vets don’t have to suffer.”

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    In other news from Colorado, the latest polling from PPP had Amendment 64 leading by ten points, 53% support to 43% opposition. Help us take Colorado to victory by utilizing our online phone banking programs and begin calling Colorado voters from the comfort of your home today! Each dial results in a person that is more likely to vote, and more likely to vote YES. You can use SSDP and NORML’s phonebank to dial voters under 30, or the JustSayNow phonebank for voters over 30.


    New polling data out of Oregon shows the number of undecided voters is diminishing. Data just released by The Oregonian has support for Measure 80, which would end the state’s marijuana prohibition, at 42% with 49% opposed and 8% still undecided. Previous polling had Measure 80 with 37% support and 41% opposition with 22% undecided. You can help push Measure 80 to success by using JustSayNow’s online phone bank to call voters in Oregon by clicking here.


    The latest polling out of Massachusetts still has their medical marijuana initiative, Question 3, with a strong lead over its opposition. In data released this week by Suffolk University/7NEWS, Massachusetts voters support Question 3 by a margin of 55% to 36%. This is a slight drop in support from polls earlier in the year, but still very much on the track for passage.

    The latest polling data coming out of Arkansas shows a rough fight ahead for their ballot initiative to legalize the medical use of marijuana. In a poll conducted Thursday, October 18th, by TalkBusiness and Hendrix College had support for Issue 5 at just 38%, with opposition at 54% and 8% are undecided.

    For more information on the initiative and on how you can help legalize medical use of cannabis in Arkansas this November, please visit the campaign’s website at www.arcompassion.com

    Learn more about the local initiatives up for vote in Michigan here.

    Don’t forget to get out and vote! Find your polling place, check your registration status, and read about all the state and local initiatives by using NORML’s 2012 voter guide, Smoke the Vote.

    13 Responses to “Smoke the Vote: Final Week Election Update”

    1. Oliver Steinberg says:

      In Minnesota, Legalization is on the ballot. We cannot place initiatives on by petition, so we nominate candidates. For Governor and Lt. Governor, you can vote for Chris Wright and David Daniels of the Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party; and also for Judith Schwartzbacker for State Auditor on the same ticket; and for Dan Vacek for Attorney General who will have the slogan LEGAL MARIJUANA NOW printed right on the ballot with his name. No question what his votes will signify! Minnesota NORML members have been running candidates for office on the Grassroots ticket since 1986–we twice nominated Jeck Herer for President and had Dennis Peron on for President in 1996, the same year as Proposition 215–inspired by Peron–passed in California to show that voting power is the tool with which we can potentially overthrow prohibition.
      Did you know about the Minnesota campaign this year? Has this heroic effort been mentioned anywhere? To put these candidates on the ballot, volunteers collected about 9,000 petition signatures and addresses in two weeks time. Journalists and pundits are yawning in print about how boring this year’s election is in Minnesota. They ignore the presence of 17 statewide candidates who support cannabis legalization–our four freedom fighters, and also candidates of the Libertarian, Independence, and Green parties.
      But why shouldn’t the press ignore these voices of the voiceless? National NORML won’t bother to even answer letters we write to them; Erik Altieri doesn’t return phone calls; the state NORML chapter’s leadership studiedly ignored the opportunities this election offered to place cannabis reform front and center in the election—“WE’D have made it interesting!”
      Anyone who wants to learn more should go to Facebook and check out Wright/Daniels 2014, or go to http://www.votewright.org. “Let’s Get Growing!”

    2. […] MASSACHUSETTS: Voters will decide on Question 3, which eliminates statewide criminal and civil penalties related to the possession and use of up to a 60-day supply of cannabis by qualified patients. It would also require the state to create and regulate up to 35 facilities to produce and dispense cannabis to approved patients. Individual patients will also be permitted to privately cultivate limited amounts of cannabis if they are unable to access a state-authorized dispensary. Voters in the state approve the measure by a margin of 55 percent to 36 percent, according to the latest Suffolk University poll. […]

    3. Michael says:

      What about Texas, we should have rights also. I exercise my rite to toke on a daily basis, it keeps me going through the day and is the only thing on this earth that can help me sleep.

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