2016 is an important year for cannabis policy and activism, with at least eight states seeing some form of cannabis legalization on the ballot. The potential for widespread change is incredible, and extensive marijuana reform across the country is on the horizon.
As with any social or political movement, though, cannabis proponents need our help to keep the momentum going. That’s why MassRoots is launching a fundraiser to support two organizations that can make a vital impact to cannabis policy reform in the United States.
Donate now, and read below for further information on where your donation will be put to use.
Students for Sensible Drug Policy
Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) is an international movement that advocates for sensible and honest drug policies. While they neither condone nor condemn drug use, SSDP is committed to tackling the failures of the War on Drugs and promoting reasonable, compassionate drug reform.
SSDP has been active for twenty years, with 200 chapters and 4000 active members in the United States alone. Their strategies include education and outreach, providing resources to support student activists, and training high-quality leaders in the advocacy community with the experience and knowledge to keep pushing for reform.
SSDP focuses its marijuana reform efforts at the state and local level, where they can be most effective by raising awareness and support for ballot initiatives.
United for Care
United for Care is an advocacy campaign focused on legalizing medical marijuana in Florida. The Campaign is run by People United for Medical Marijuana (PUFMM), an organization formed by Kim Russell. It is now chaired by John Morgan, one of Florida’s most pro-cannabis and influential attorneys.
United for Care has been absolutely critical for getting the dialogue going about medical marijuana in the state of Florida. After a wildly popular campaign in 2014, “Yes on 2,” the team is ramping up again for the 2016 ballot. Once again, the efforts would be held under Amendment 2, therefore keeping the verbiage from the last campaign relevant. “Yes on 2” is going strong yet again in 2016 and new polls show that over 70% of Floridians now support the legalization of medical marijuana.
6 Important State Ballot Initiatives for 2016
Arizona: The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol aims to establish taxation and regulation standards for the sale of cannabis to adults in a state with some of the harshest marijuana laws in the country.
California: The Adult Use of Marijuana Initiative would legalize hemp and cannabis under state law, establishing taxation, licensing, and regulation standards. The initiative will likely reach the ballot in November.
Florida: Florida’s Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, Amendment 2 (2016) will be on the November ballot, and could legalize and regulate medical marijuana for patients with debilitating conditions.
Massachusetts: The Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Initiative could see the legalization of recreational cannabis – including cultivation, possession, and distribution – for citizens over 21 years old. If lawmakers reject the initiative or do not take action by May 3, advocates will have to collect an additional 10,792 signatures by July in order to qualify the measure for the November ballot.
Michigan: Aiming to legalize, regulate, and tax recreational marijuana for adults over 21, the Michigan Marijuana Legalization Initiative may be on the ballot this November. If passed, the measure would also allow citizens to cultivate their own plants. Petitioners need to collect at least 252,523 signatures by June in order for the initiative to qualify for the ballot.
Nevada: The Nevada Marijuana Legalization Initiative, Question 2 could legalize up to an ounce of cannabis for recreational use for citizens over 21. The initiative would also set standards for regulation and taxation, and would prevent marijuana businesses from opening near schools and childcare facilities, places of worship, and certain community facilities.
For more information on cannabis reform ballots for 2016, check out the MMP’s extensive list of all legalization, decriminalization, and regulation initiatives.
It’s time for us to rally around our common cause and support the groups who are leading the fight for cannabis reform. Please donate now to the MassRoots Legalization Moneybomb, and help to further legalization in the US.