DrugSense Weekly, November 17, 2000 #175

DrugSense Weekly, November 17, 2000 #175
Posted by FoM on November 17, 2000 at 13:51:42 PT
Marijuana Initiatives Pass in 5 of 7 States 
Source: DrugSense
Two medical marijuana initiatives, two asset forfeiture reforms and a treatment over jail time proposal were all passed by voters in five Western states. Going down to defeat this round were a combined forfeiture and treatment proposal in Massachusetts, along with a full legalization bill in Alaska.Continuing the unbroken streak of successful medical marijuana initiatives, voters in Colorado and Nevada passed legislation by 54 and 67 percent respectively. 
The Nevada bill was an amendment to their state constitution, and as required by their state law, was on its second and final vote. Patients there can posses as much marijuana as they need, so long as they register with state authorities as doing so. Colorado patients will be allowed up to two ounces or 6 living Cannabis plants for their needs. Two asset forfeiture reforms also were passed by better than 60% of the voters in both Oregon and Utah. The new laws require criminal convictions before asset forfeiture can take place, and redirect the proceeds of forfeiture away from law enforcement. Instead, proceeds are given over to drug treatment or general education programs in these states.California was once again in the forefront of reform by passing an initiative calling for treatment over incarceration for non-violent drug offenses. Passed by 61% of the voters , the new law is expected to affect about 25,000 Californians per year, and save over a $100 million per year in prison costs.Going down to defeat by a 3-2 margin was a full legalization initiative in Alaska. The bill would have re legalized all the various uses of Cannabis hemp in the frontier state, released all marijuana prisoners from state jails, and provided a commission to look into compensation for those victimized by the drug war. Also defeated Tuesday, but by a smaller 53% margin, was a Massachusetts initiative that combined asset reform with the required treatment over incarceration option. By Glen Schwarz Click the link to read all of DrugSense Weekly's News Bulletin.DrugSense Weekly, November 17, 2000 #175 Weekly November 10, 2000 #174 Weekly - November 3, 2000 #173 Weekly October 27, 2000 #172 MapInc. Archives Medical Marijuana Archives
Home Comment Email Register Recent Comments Help

Comment #1 posted by FoM on December 01, 2000 at 15:54:24 PT:
DrugSense Weekly December 1, 2000 #176
Since I posted the feature article this week by Arianna Huffington already I am putting the Weekly News Bulletin here for everyone to read! Enjoy!DrugSense Weekly December 1, 2000 #176 Will Of The People: Stop The Drug War
[ Post Comment ]

Post Comment

Name: Optional Password: 
Comment: [Please refrain from using profanity in your message]
Link URL: 
Link Title: