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Grey Literature - DPF: Drug Policy Letter summer 1998
Wednesday, 01 July 1998 00:00

•    Alaska: Alaskans for Medical Rights (907/276-4704): Qualified for the November 1998 ballot.

•    Colorado: Coloradans for Medical Rights (303/861-4224) filed 85,000 signatures; 55,000 were required. The signatures were disqualified, but CMR is appealing the decision.

•    District of Columbia: ACT-UP's Initiative 59 (202/547-9404) submitted 32,000 signatures; 16,700 required D. C. Voters for Medical Rights' Initiative 60: Postponed.

•    Maine: Lawyers for Mainers for Medical Rights (207/780-0704) presented oral arguments before the state's highest court on July 20, arguing that more than 5,000 signatures were inappropriately disallowed. The Maine court ruled that valid signatures can be applied to the signature drive for the November 1999 ballot.

•    Nevada: Nevadans for Medical Rights (702/259-0300) has qualified its medical marijuana constitutional amendment for the November ballot. NMR filed over 74,000 signatures, but originally fell short by seven signatures in Lyon county and by 36 signatures in Nye county. NMR appealed the counts. On August 3, the Secretary of State determined that NMR had gathered enough signatures.

•    Oregon: Measure 67, the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act, will be on the November 1998 ballot. The initiative will establish a patient registry that issues identification cards for medical marijuana patients. Oregonians will also be voting on whether to accept the legislature's decision to recriminalize personal possession of marijuana. Since 1973, possession of an ounce or less of marijuana was a noncriminal "violation." Last year the legislature increased the penalty to a class C misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. A "no" vote on Measure 57 would reject recrimalization.

•    Washington State: Washington Citizens for Medical Rights (206/781-77 I 6) filed 258,000 signatures; 179,248 were required. 1-692 will appear on the ballot.