Voters in Oregon may quite possibly make history today by becoming the third of the United States to legalize marijuana. On the ballot, Measure 91, also known as the Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act of 2014, will allow adults aged twenty-one years or older to possess up to eight ounces of dried marijuana flowers and up to four marijuana plants. Under this measure, the retail sale of cannabis will be regulated by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. The state medical marijuana laws will remain unchanged.
Support for what has been referred to as “the most regulated and strict marijuana measure ever voted upon in Oregon,” has been steady throughout the polling season, but in recent days it has increased. The most recent poll by Survey USA was released on October 28. It shows a majority of voters approve of the marijuana legalization initiative in the state. This poll shows fifty-two percent of all surveyed support voting yes on Measure 91, and this is the number advocates hope will show true at the end of the election day.
The graph above depicts results from three different polls by Survey USA, and includes the most recent results that are written in the paragraph above. The far left on the graph shows results from poll released September 25, where voter approval of legalizing marijuana was only at forty-four percent. The middle number, showing a forty-eight percent approval for Measure 91 from likely voters, was released October 20. In about one month, voter approval increased four percent. The numbers on the far right are from the most recent poll, released October 28. Just eight days later, approval increased to fifty-two percent.
The likelihood of this marijuana law reform initiative being passed by voters increases with the number of votes being cast. Want to help the cause?
Send your friends in Oregon a friendly reminder to vote, no matter which side of the fence they are on, using a Facebook App. First, find out if your registered friends in Oregon have already voted by going to DidTheyVoteYet.Org. The app can be downloaded through that site, and it will search your Facebook friends for you. It will populate a list of your friends who have not yet cast a ballot, and then you can call and text them until they exercise their American right to vote. As the Measure 91 initiative pointed out, marijuana cannot legalize itself.
photo credit: ABC News, Survey USA
The pro-marijuana legalization campaign in Oregon, Yes on 91, has incorporated a creative strategy into their mission to encourage registered voters to exercise their rights by using a clone-able Facebook app.
How does it work?
First the app matches contacts from your Facebook account to the list of registered voters in the state of Oregon. Next, the app will show you which of your Facebook friends are registered to vote, but who have not yet submitted a ballot. Lastly, it will give you the option to send a private Facebook message to each friend, reminding him or her cast their vote.
Once registered voters have cast a ballot, the registered voter website marks the person as having voted, so this app will only match people who have not yet voted. Do not fret, it does not show who or what a person voted for. This app can be added to Facebook by going to DidTheyVote.org. People can find out whether or not their friends have voted yet, and then politely or overwhelmingly remind that person to exercise his or her rights as an American.
One fan of the app, Sarah Duff, a volunteer with the campaign supporting Measure 91, told the Daily Journal,
“This kind of app is great because it helps me do all the things I would do anyway, which is remind my friends to vote.”
The organization anticipates this reminder tool to appeal especially to young voters, and are excited to see the results next week.
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People passing by Spa Beach in St. Petersburg, Florida caught a sneak peak at the filming for what will be a public service announcement encouraging voters to approve Amendment 2, the bill that legalizes medical marijuana for Floridians suffering from severe medical conditions.
The flashing was organized by a woman named Diane Matteson who has dedicated much of her time in the last ten years to researching marijuana therapy, treatments, and the plant’s healing relationship with cancer. As a result of all of her studying, she is an advocate for the medicinal uses of marijuana.
A drone video taped the event from start to finish. To prepare, these ladies assisted one another in taping bumper stickers to their breasts that scream the slogan “Vote Yes on 2 Nov 4!” Once ready, in an organized fashion, the ladies counted down until removing their tops while loudly shouting the bumper sticker slogan in unison.
This event was also used as a tool to spark the topic of medical marijuana and Amendment 2 for Floridians to ponder and discuss. These women all have personal experiences with cancer and cannabis, and they believe so strongly in the cause that they were willing to bare it all to America just to raise awareness.
Below, are more photos taken during the flashing:
photo credit: Melanie Michael, WTSP 10 News