CA: Poll Shows People Prefer Pot to Pols

By: Wednesday July 28, 2010 7:13 pm

In addition to finding very positive numbers for Proposition 19, PPP also recently polled the Senate and Governor contests in California. In both races, the Democrat had a single-digit but statistically significant lead over the Republican challengers. All candidates had less popularity than the measure to legalize and regulate marijuana. Governor PPP (PDF) (7/23-25) Jerry [...]

NN10 Liveblog: Marijuana Policy and Politics

By: Saturday July 24, 2010 4:52 pm

As part of today’s 3-way FDL liveblog from Vegas, I’m covering the Marijuana Policy and Politics panel with FDL’s own Jon Walker. Here’s some background on the panel and panelists:

Marijuana Policy and Politics
SAT, 07/24/2010 – 1:45PM, Miranda 3-4
With a wave of populist energy upending the old political coalitions, bloggers have a leading role to play in redefining the political playing field. One of the openings is drug policy, with marijuana policy in the lead, pulling together the libertarian elements of the Tea Party movement, small-government conservatives and progressives. Medical marijuana is now legal in 14 states, and several more are considering taxing and regulating marijuana for non-medical use. Ballot measures are being considered in several states for 2010 and 2012. By embracing marijuana as a serious issue to be addressed in the context of a broader populist movement, bloggers can help to take it out of the policy and political ghetto where it normally resides and could make genuine progress.

Prop 19 Legalizing Marijuana Would Generate “Hundreds of Millions” Annually for the State According to Official Analysis

By: Friday July 23, 2010 8:38 pm

According to a new official analysis (PDF) of Proposition 19 by California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office, passage of the measure to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana would result in increased state revenues amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars.

Drug Czar Warns of “Black Market” for Marijuana

By: Monday July 19, 2010 10:02 am

Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske fears the creation of “a black market that would come into play” if California votes to legalize marijuana. Question for Kerli: what the hell would you consider the $45 billion annual industry in the US that exists despite marijuana prohibition?

Oregon to Vote on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries in November

By: Monday July 19, 2010 8:30 am

Oregon voters will decide in November if the state should have medical marijuana dispensaries in the spirit of California and Colorado. A ballot initiative, known as I-28, would legalize nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries to sell marijuana to card-carrying patients. According to Oregon Business, the initiative barely qualified for November’s ballot.

Prop 19: Close Vote Expected Today for CA Dems Endorsement of Marijuana Legalization (UPDATE: Vote Fails, CDP to Remain Neutral)

By: Sunday July 18, 2010 1:28 pm

This afternoon the California Democratic Party will vote on whether to endorse and actively support Prop 19, California’s marijuana legalization initiative. It’s going to be close either way; Prop 19 will need 60% of the party’s executive board to secure the endorsement, per CDP e-board member Robert Cruickshank.

California Democratic Party to Vote on Prop 19 Endorsement; Here’s Why to Vote Yes

By: Thursday July 15, 2010 3:02 pm

This weekend the California Democratic Party’s executive board will decide if the party should endorse Proposition 19, the state’s ballot initiative for marijuana legalization. No matter what the party delegates voting this weekend think about the merits of the initiative, they should vote to endorse Prop 19. Here’s why.

200,000 Member Union Council Endorses Prop 19

By: Thursday July 15, 2010 12:33 pm

More good news for California’s marijuana legalization initiative: UFCW’s Western States Council, representing more than 200,000 union members in the Western US, endorsed Prop 19 yesterday.

CA Prop 19: Legal, Regulated Marijuana Favored 50%-40% in New Poll

By: Monday July 12, 2010 8:04 pm

California’s Proposition 19, which will legalize, regulate and tax marijuana, is currently winning, 50 percent yes to 40 percent no, according to a new SurveyUSA poll of likely voters sponsored by CBS 5 KPIX-TV. SurveyUSA 7/8-11 Prop. 19: Certain Yes 50 Certain No 40 Not Certain 11 (Note: Because of rounding, poll does not always [...]

CA Props: Marijuana Legalization Losing Narrowly, Anti-Gridlock Measure Winning with Voters

By: Friday July 9, 2010 3:13 pm

Californians want to fight it out on marijuana legalization, ease up on budgeting procedure and stay strong on resisting climate change, according to Field Poll (PDF) results on some of the state’s ballot initiatives. Field surveyed on four of the 10 Propositions that will be on the ballot this November. Prop. 19: Marijuana Legalization The [...]

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