Here’s how much has been poured into cannabis legalization campaigns
The semester is approaching and Cannabis stakeholders and advocates have spent more than $9.8 million to support initiatives to legalize recreational marijuana in four states.
More precisely, the committees supporting the case raised more than $4 million in Arkansas, $4.9 million in Missouri, $551,400 in North Dakota and $324,800 in South Dakota, according to OpenSecrets data.
In Marylandsupported by the two groups Amendment 4 did not submit reports to the State Secretariat until October 11. However, according to the Washington Post Yes, in the 4-vote campaign, which the MD Can 22 Committee got $50,000.
Meanwhile, recent polls have shown that a majority of Americans support marijuana policy reform. A 2021 Pew Research Center survey it showed 60% of American adults believe that cannabis should be legal for medical or recreational use. and 31% support the legalization of medical marijuana, and 8% oppose any legalization.
The campaign to legalize marijuana in Arkansas has called for the removal of an ad featuring police officers
Behind the group an initiative legalize recreational marijuana in Arkansas, Responsible Growth Arkansas, launched one advertisement featuring police officers with the aim of informing voters about Question 4.
“We all know that funding and support for the police is important,” the ad said.
“Our brave men and women in law enforcement deserve our support. You can vote to support our law enforcement officers by voting for #4 in this election. Issue 4 safely legalizes the sale of cannabis to adults 21 and older and generates revenue that goes toward more funding for local police departments, protecting our communities, and funding safer streets.”
However, Little Rock officials sent a termination request to the group, asking them to remove the ad, reported the Arkansas Advocate.
Responsible Growth Arkansas refused to remove the ad, arguing that it is did not display any badges or logos associated with the Little Rock Police Department.
“Unfortunately, at least one of the ads includes portions of Little Rock police officers,” the city attorney said. Tom Carpenter wrote. “Neither the city nor the Little Rock Police Department supported this effort. The footage used is taken from training films made to attract people to the police. The ministry has received inquiries as to why it supports this constitutional amendment, when in fact it does not.”
Kansas lawmakers are once again revisiting the issue of medical marijuana
Kansas lawmakers are revisiting the issue of medical marijuana with a new reform bill expected in the coming weeks, KSN reported.
Members of the Special Committee on Medical Marijuana gathered on Wednesday will hear testimony from representatives of law enforcement agencies, state agencies and local governments.
Some of those who attended the hearing expressed their safety concerns about illegal THC extraction laboratories, saying that they are usually highly explosive.
“Do we see it being extracted on edibles, patches, tinctures? And we don’t,” Jacobs said. “We see it predominantly in vegetative form, and that’s it.”
The advocates were pushed back, highlighting that the proposed ban could make it impossible for people to grow cannabis at home.
“You’ve seen it come out, you’ve seen it grow behind your dispensary … you know you’re getting a pure product.” Dolores Halbin said in an interview with the Kansas Capitol Bureau.
The second hearing was scheduled for October 19.
The Wichita City Council recently green light possession of marijuana within city limits, Kansas’ largest city has the fewest restrictions on cannabis possession statewide.
Plus, Governor Laura Kelly (D) continue to push for political reform. At the beginning of the year he signed legislation allows Kansas residents to obtain prescription drugs derived from cannabis-related products.
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