Smoke the Vote: Final Week Election Update

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive 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.”

    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.”

    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. I hope that all voters that are able to get out and vote,so we can win this war on our american people need to be treated fair and equall when it comes to what i think is the single most important issue in this country at this time, that is all americans living in the United States Of America Should be afforeded the same treatment/and the same drugs like the many that live in one of the 17 legal States. I belive in my heart that if all that can vote go out and do it with an informed state of mind,that we will pass these bills in every state that is seeking change and make this troubled world a Better place for us and our familys.

    2. Andy says:

      Remember your presidential vote counts too, voting for either Romney or Obama is a bad idea if you truly want change. There are other candidates.

      Green party – Jill Stein

      Justice party – Rocky Anderson

      Constitution Party – Virgil Goode

      Libertarian – Gary Johnson

      They all agree the drug war is a failed policy and endorse legalization, decriminalization, and regulation.

      Vote wisely please.

    3. Ry says:

      Kinda sucks, I am a Mass resident but I can’t vote for Medical Marijuana because I am a convicted felon (for grass). Pretty ironic if you ask me… Disabled Veteran alos whcih makes this even more laughable.

    4. Ry says:

      Looks like Mass will not need my help on this one though!

    5. […] good starting point for the wonkier/data-driven types is of course NORML.  They deserve a standing O for their Smoke Out the Vote […]

    6. doug boyer says:

      I WANT POT LEGAL IN ALL STATES, It’s not fair that 17 states get to be legal while us in Ohio are still waiting!! Please let me know if I can do anything to hurry this slow ass process up. Thank you, Doug Boyer

    7. […] 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. […]

    8. m says:

      Virgil Goode DOES NOT support decriminalization.

      Vote for Johnson!!!

    9. […] Undoubtedly most all cannabis law reformers’ eyes will be fixated on both the presidential election (a contest between the former leader of Hawaii’s Choom Gang and expert in ‘total absorption’ or the quintessential and self-described “square” who has never touched a drop of alcohol or cannabis) and the six major cannabis-related voter ballot initiative questions. […]