With the 2010 election on the books, let’s take a look at what happened with some of the ballot initiatives that were profiled in an earlier article.
The marijuana ballot initiatives were largely unsuccessful. California’s controversial measure providing for the legalization of marijuana for private use, and growing, failed by about 10%. Arizona and South Dakota were both attempting to legalize medicinal marijuana and marijuana dispensaries. South Dakota residents again voted against the measure, this time by about 20%. Arizona’s vote was very close and may trigger a recount, but as of now, the measure failed. Oregon defeated a measure designed to license dispensaries for medicinal marijuana instead of having individuals who need medicinal marijuana growing it themselves.
Hunting and Fishing
The measures providing for Constitutional amendments that support the right to hunt and/or fish, were, for the most part, extremely successful. In Arkansas, South Carolina and Tennessee, over 85% of the people voted in favor of constitutionally protecting the right to hunt and/or fish. The measure failed only in Arizona, by a margin of less than 10%. Montana’s overhaul of hunting license legislation was successful. However, North Dakota’s efforts to ban canned hunting failed to win over the voters.
Oregon’s efforts to establish a new casino failed due to disputes about where the casino should be located and who should get the resulting tax money. Maine however did approve a new casino. Colorado’s measure to reclassify charity based raffles and lotteries under the Department of Revenue failed.
In a surprise split from pre-election polling, Washington’s measure seeking to abolish state liquor stores failed to pass. Rhode Island’s name change also failed, in part due to the cost involved with changing signs and other promotional materials. Oklahoma approved a measure making English the official language of the state. Measures in Michigan, banning felons from serving in elected office, and in North Carolina, banning felons from serving as sheriffs, passed with strong support.
Many of the failed ballot initiatives may make an appearance on the 2012 ballot. Marijuana advocates have already made it clear that they will not give up on legalization. The name change for Rhode Island will likely reappear, as it has before. With 2010’s results in the books, now the proponents of the failed measures can begin looking to the future.
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