California: Marijuana Referendum Goes Down in Ashes

November 04, 2010 0 COMMENTS

by Mark Schickman, Freeland Cooper & Foreman LLP

Politically, California bucked the national move to the right, reelecting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Barbara Boxer — two poster children for the perceived overreaches of the Obama administration.

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Arizona Medical Marijuana Vote Too Close to Call

November 03, 2010 0 COMMENTS

By Dinita L. James

As of Thursday morning, the outcome of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act remains too close to call. The no votes on Proposition 203 outnumbered the yes votes at one point late this morning by a slim 6,700-vote margin, with three precinct results incomplete and an unknown number of early voting ballots not yet counted.

One of the areas where precinct results were incomplete was Pima County, home to Tucson, one of the state’s more liberal areas, where incomplete results showed about 57 percent yes votes for Proposition 203. Early voting ballots received too close to Election Day likely will decide the race, and they may not be counted for several days.

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South Dakota Voters Just Say No to Medical Marijuana

November 03, 2010 0 COMMENTS

By Jane Pfeifle

Though a similar measure was narrowly defeated in 2006, this year South Dakota resoundingly rejected Initiative 13, which called for the legalization of medical marijuana. As a result employers can breathe a sigh of relief because the measure raised numerous questions about how they might be called on to respond to employees who were registered users.

Under the proposal, an employer couldn’t refuse to hire someone who held a marijuana registration. Yet what was unclear under the initiative was how employees who were under the influence at work could be treated: read more…