It is less than two months until the 2014 elections. Do you know where the candidates stand on medical cannabis? It matters. Lawmakers at the local, state, and federal level are going to make important decisions about medical cannabis that affect your life in the next two years. Cities and counties will decide whether to ban or regulate patients’ collectives, the state legislature will vote again on commercial licensing and patients’ rights measures, and the new US Congress may decide whether or not to keep paying for medical cannabis enforcement.
It’s Election Day! Voters in some states
will be casting important ballots on medical cannabis today, while others will be deciding on the candidates that may one day support or oppose patients’ rights. There are important choices to make at the local, state, and federal level. Be sure to read ASA’s Voter Guides
. Don’t miss your chance to shape the future. Get to the polls and make your voice heard!
Americans for Safe Access (ASA) urges everyone to register to vote on or before Monday, October 18
, the deadline to register for the November mid-term elections in most states. You can get a voter registration card in most Post Offices, or contact local officials. We need everyone out at the polls this year!
Voters in several states will cast ballots on medical cannabis issues this year. Arizona voters will have a chance to approve
a medical cannabis initiative that fixes wording flaws in the state's 1996 initiative that left it unenforceable. Voters in Oregon will decide
on an initiative to make dispensing centers legal. South Dakotans have a chance to establish
protections for patients. And in California, the low-profile race for attorney general has high stakes for safe access, as one candidate supports statewide standards for collectives, while the other has vowed to arrest
operators, even those in compliance with all local regulations.
Voters in California and Colorado will have to decide on dozens of local ballot measures that will tax, regulate, or ban access to medicine. Check with you local voting officials to see if your city has medical cannabis on the ballot.