Weed Watch: Medical Pot Initiatives
Marijuana law updates from around the country
Meanwhile, two new marijuana-law reform initiatives are set to appear on municipal ballots in November. In Oakland, Calif., voters will be asked if they support an initiative directing city officials to devise a system to "license, tax and regulate cannabis for adult use," and directing the Oakland PD to make "investigation, citation and arrest for private adult cannabis offenses the lowest enforcement priority" in the city, reports the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. In Columbia, Mo., voters will be asked whether they want to exempt qualified medical-marijuana patients from arrest and prosecution. Columbia voters will also weigh in on the so-called Missouri Smart Sentencing Initiative, which would reduce the possible sentence for possession of up to 35 grams of pot, for recreational purposes, from up to one year in jail to a fine-only offense of up to $250.