Most of Florida’s voters voted in favor of legalizing medical marijuana, but Amendment 2 still came 2% percent shy of the votes needed to pass. Supporters vow to keep fighting. VPC
00:05 to legalize medical marijuana in the state of Florida. Element to
00:09 needed 60% of the vote to pass you can see there
00:13 it felt just a little bit short of that. Now the
00:15 man out in front of medical marijuana attorney John Morgan tweeted.
00:19 We needed 60%. We came close we tried our best this
00:23 is only the first battle we will win this war. He
00:26 is in this thing to win it weather is tonight the
00:29 weather isn’t legislative session. Whether it was on the 26 in
00:32 doubt. Share rates judge has been an outspoken opponent in this
00:37 issue we just heard from him tonight he seems extremely pleased.
00:40 He is extremely pleased that the tell you that he is
00:43 not the only one who has been fighting again. Medicinal marijuana
00:47 has specifically this constitutional amendment amendment. Number two that voters tonight.
00:53 Rejected there’s a large group of people war against this specifically
00:57 they say because of the many loopholes that was in this
01:01 constitutional amendment. So the message got out from the Florida shares
01:05 that this was not truly an amendment for that varies that.
01:10 And afflicted. What this was with the sheep in wolves clothing.
01:15 And as a result peoples state of Florida has spoken to
01:18 us that we don’t want this. In the Florida constitution. Share
01:23 Grady Judd telling us tonight that he feels like the legislature.
01:27 Really needs to listen to voters when you see how many
01:30 people cast their vote warned that the minute he’s that. It
01:34 is clear that there probably should be some type of law
01:37 on the books. To really help people but he is concerned
01:41 about all of the loopholes that were an amendment. State lawmakers
01:46 had passed a narrow medical marijuana law earlier this year to
01:49 allow only low potential strains. Of the drug for certain pace.
Voters on ballot initiatives in 41 states gave a resounding thumbs-up to recreational marijuana and higher minimum wages, while dividing on abortion-related measures and GMO labeling.
Scores of measures that thickened ballot booklets from Alaska to Florida included a ban on bear baiting (overturned), immigrants IDs (rejected) and gun background checks (approved).
In Colorado, voters rejected a proposal to add “unborn human beings” to the state’s criminal code, a measure that some feared could ban abortion.
And in North Dakota, voters rejected a “right-to-life” state constitutional amendment that abortion rights advocates feared would have ended legal abortions there.
The North Dakota measure would have declared “the inalienable right to life of every human being at every stage of development must be recognized and protected.”
But Tennessee approved an amendment that will give more power to state lawmakers to regulate and restrict abortion, adding language to the Tennessee constitution that reads, in part: “Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion,” even in the case of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother.
Tennessee voters backed Amendment 1 by a solid margin. The measure gives state lawmakers more power to restrict and regulate abortions. VPC
Voters in Florida rejected a constitutional amendment that would have allowed doctors to prescribe marijuana for the relief of chronic pain, nausea, and other symptoms associated with eight major diseases.
Oregon voters did approve a measure, modeled on Washington state’s, that allow adults to buy marijuana for recreational use. A household can have up to 8 ounces of marijuana and cultivate up to four plants; consumption is banned in public.
Alaska also looked likely to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Advocates for the measure were holding a slim lead with nearly two-thirds of the state’s precincts reporting.
Where America landed on marijuana
And in Washington, D.C., city residents overwhelmingly approved a measure that will allow people to possess up to 2 oz. of marijuana and cultivate up to six plants at home without legal penalties. But the D.C. law faces a strange restriction, as pot still remains illegal in the one-fourth of the city that sits on federal land — federal law still bans marijuana possession. And Congress could step in and overrule any new measure.
MINIMUM WAGE, GMOS, BEARS
Other issues on the ballot Tuesday night:
• In Oregon, voters rejected a measure permitting four-year driver’s cards to those who cannot prove their legal status in the United States. Supporters said the bill would keep the streets safer by forcing people to learn the rules of the road and get insurance. The measure was aimed mainly at Oregon’s tens of thousands of immigrants who are in the country illegally. The Pew Hispanic Center says about 160,000 immigrants living in Oregon entered the country illegally.
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• In Arkansas, Alaska, South Dakota and Nebraska, voters approved hiking the minimum wage. Voters in Illinois approved a non-binding ballot question on raising the minimum wage.
• Voters in Colorado rejected mandated labels for genetically modified foods; a similar measure in Oregon was too close to call.
• In Maine, voters rejected a ballot initiative that would have banned sportsmen from hunting bears with the use of bait, dogs and traps. A fierce debate on hunting methods has raged there for months, frequently pitting hunters against animal rights advocates. The bait used is typically sugary human food such as doughnuts. Maine’s bear population of 30,000 is up about 30% from 10 years ago, and state wildlife officials have said the hunting methods are needed to control the population.
• In Washington state, voters passed a measure expanding background checks on gun sales and transfers.
• Voters also cast votes on casino gambling in California, South Dakota, Kansas, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
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