By Chelsea Boozer
Washington, D.C. – infoZine – Scripps Howard Foundation Wire – Measures to legalize the substance for medical use have been proposed in 19 states this year. Fifteen legislatures failed to pass marijuana legislation, but through citizen petition processes, four states could still legalize the drug this year.
Massachusetts residents will vote on a ballot initiative in November that would make cannabis available for certain registered users. Residents of Arkansas, North Dakota and Ohio may vote on similar ballot measures to join 17 other states and the District of Columbia in legalizing the drug for medical use.
“It is totally possible the presidential election can swing on the marijuana issue,” said Morgan Fox, communications manager at Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington-based lobbying group.
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