Coloradans Will Vote Again For Medical Marijuana

Coloradans Will Vote Again For Medical Marijuana
Posted by FoM on September 24, 1999 at 07:48:41 PT
NORML's Weekly Update News
Source: NORML
Sept. 23, 1999, Denver, CO: Coloradans will vote again on a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana for medical use in the November 2000 election. The difference between this vote and the one last November -- this time it will count.
Amendment 19 appeared on the November 1998 ballot, but then-Secretary of State Vikki Buckley said the initiative fell 2,338 signatures short of the 54,242 needed to put it to a vote. Coloradans for Medical Rights, the group that sponsored the amendment, claimed they had more than enough valid signatures and sought an emergency ruling days before the election from both a Denver District Court and the State Supreme Court to allow the initiative to proceed. Both courts refused to order county clerks to tally the votes.   This summer, Buckley's successor, Donetta Davidson, said a recount of the petition signatures showed there had been more than enough to qualify the amendment for the 1998 ballot. District Court Judge Connie Peterson agreed with the new secretary of state and on Monday ordered the initiative on the next ballot, without the need to collect new signatures.   "The proponents of said initiative submitted sufficient signatures to certify the petition to the ballot at the next general election (November 2000)," wrote Judge Peterson in the decision.  "We are now looking forward to 2000 and are very confident that Colorado's voters will once again pass medical marijuana by a huge margin," said Luther Symons, CMR President.   Exit polls in Colorado last November showed the Amendment would have passed by a 60 percent margin.   If approved in 2000, the initiative will allow seriously ill patients who have a doctor's recommendation to possess up to two ounces of marijuana or grow three plants for medical use.  For more information, please contact Luther Symons, President of: Coloradans for Medical Rights at (303) 832-2444.'s Archived Articles: Initiative On Ballot After Signature Recount - 9/22/99
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