Late Saturday, the Senate approved an omnibus bill funding the federal government for the next year which contained two big provisions affecting marijuana policy. One very good and one very bad.
|By: Jon Walker Sunday December 14, 2014 3:00 pm|
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday November 4, 2014 9:10 am|
Today, millions of Americans across a dozen states will have a chance to vote on marijuana reform at either the state or local level. The four biggest marijuana reform measures are on the ballot in Oregon, Alaska, Washington, D.C. and Florida. If you want to make your voice heard on the issue, this is your chance.
|By: Jon Walker Monday November 3, 2014 2:41 pm|
The final set of polls in Florida indicate the medical marijuana measure might fail. All show Amendment 2, Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions, probably won’t get enough support to be approved. While the measure will likely be supported by a majority of voters, under Florida law any amendment on the ballot needs get at least 60 percent of the vote to be approved.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday October 28, 2014 4:48 pm|
Under Florida law, any amendment placed on the ballot needs to get 60 percent of the vote to be adopted. Even if all the undecided voters in this poll vote Yes, the measure would still be just short. While a significant majority of voters is likely to cast a ballot in favor of medical marijuana, it looks like it won’t hit the legal threshold.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday October 16, 2014 11:41 am|
In my continuing quest to improve how polling is conducted around marijuana policy I want to point out what I consider to be the least useful way to ask a marijuana question.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday October 8, 2014 1:28 pm|
This year the four biggest and most important marijuana elections in the country are the legalization initiatives in Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia as well as the medical marijuana amendment on the ballot in Florida. These aren’t the only places where voters will get a chance to weigh in on the future of marijuana policy however. Over a dozen small measures will appear on ballots across the country next month.
|By: patrick devlin Thursday October 2, 2014 4:05 pm|
An analysis of data collected in 2012 through the annual California Behavioral Risk Factor survey revealed that a significant majority of patients who use cannabis for serious medical conditions self-reported that the substance was effective in alleviating symptoms or treating said serious medical conditions. 92 percent of respondents who admitted using medical cannabis reported that the substance brought them relief from their symptoms, including relief from the symptoms of debilitating and life threatening diseases such as chronic pain, migraines, arthritis and cancer.”
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday October 1, 2014 5:46 pm|
Any amendment on the Florida ballot needs to get at least 60 percent to be approved, so it is possible a clear majority of people in Florida could vote for medical marijuana but still not get it. At the moment, support for Amendment 2 is hovering right at this critical threshold.
|By: Jon Walker Monday September 29, 2014 12:43 pm|
The fight over Amendment 2, Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions, has surprisingly become one of the most hotly contested marijuana related ballot initiatives, thanks is large part to conservative mega-donor Sheldon Adelson spending millions against it and the unusual rules governing Florida’s initiative process.
|By: Jon Walker Monday September 22, 2014 4:11 pm|
The United for Care campaign says Florida’s still on track to become the first Southern State to get a real medical marijuana program. On Monday they released a new internal poll of likely voters which found Amendment 2, Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions, with 69 percent support. Florida laws requires an amendment to get at least 60 percent of the vote for it to be adopted.