Today 56 percent of voters approved the use of medical marijuana in the US Territory of Guam. The votes have been collected for 56 of 58 precincts have been collected, indicating that support for the measure was wide spread.
Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance issued this statement, “Guam is quite conservative politically, and home to a significant U.S. military presence so this resounding victory is a confirmation of medical marijuana’s broad support across the political spectrum.”
Though the bill is significantly more restrictive than most medical marijuana programs in the United States, this victory is for the ailing patients of Guam in need of life-saving medicine. The medical marijuana program in Guam won’t allow for patients to grow their own medicine and must come with a doctor’s acknowledgment of “debilitating medical conditions.” The bill will no doubt help thousands of the current 160,000 residents on the island.
As election day unfolds this may be the first of several victories for the marijuana advocates. Stay tuned in for results from Alaska, Florida, Oregon, DC, and several other cities across the United States.
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It’s well known by most that our nation has hit it’s tipping point when it comes to the legalization of cannabis, but one big question still lingers for 48 of our 50 great states; who is next? According to a 2013 Gallop poll, the majority of Americans now agree that marijuana should be legal with a whopping 58% approval rating. After successful legalization efforts in Colorado and Washington, it’s only a matter of time before other medical marijuana states begin to realize the real potential of a safe, transparent, and regulated recreational marijuana market.
Crime rates are down in Colorado and tax revenues are up, and it’s likely that Washington will follow suit. With ballot initiatives scheduled for as early as this November, there are at least two states poised to end to the shameful criminalization of marijuana. We looked at polling numbers, ballot initiatives, and potential tax revenues to give you a list of our next 4 states to fully legalize marijuana. Right now, Oregonians are working furiously to ensure that Measure 91 passes this November. We hope that you can do your part to help Oregon pass this measure and encourage you to take action in your own community. Get started now by sharing this infographic!
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