Families in Action
A Guide to Drug-Related State Ballot Initiatives
for Medical Rights
(A Subsidiary of Americans for Medical Rights)
this initiative in 1998, when the measure was placed on the ballot despite
a subsequent decision that an insufficient number of signatures had been
collected. The Colorado Supreme Court later overruled this decision and
placed the initiative on the November 2000 ballot.
marijuana plant material (smoked marijuana) as a safe and effective medicine
for people with "debilitating medical conditions including cancer,
glaucoma, HIV/AIDS" and for treating "cachexia, severe pain,
severe nausea, seizures characteristic of epilepsy, muscle spasms characteristic
of multiple sclerosis," and other medical conditions approved by
the state health agency.
gives patients and doctors, not the government, one more treatment option
for glaucoma, cancer, AIDS, and other serious illnesses,’ said Luther
Symons, president of CMR (Coloradans for Medical Rights). Reorganized
for the upcoming election fight, CMR plans to use grass-roots politicking
as well as mass media advertising to ensure a victory, according to Symons.
‘In 1998, we were able to do some sophisticated exit polling that showed
it would have passed with 60 percent of the vote,’ he said, citing recent
polls showing that support has grown to 70 percent.'"
(Colorado Secretary of State's Office.
Note: Americans for Medical Rights is funded by George Soros, Peter
Lewis, and John Sperling. Figures are preliminary.)
November 2000 ballot
Compared to other states,
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