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  • Russ Kick
    Wednesday November 8 5:26 AM ET Ballot Measures Allow Some Pot Use By The Associated Press, State and federal laws against marijuana didn t stop a number of
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 8, 2000
      Wednesday November 8 5:26 AM ET

      Ballot Measures Allow Some Pot Use
      By The Associated Press,

      State and federal laws against marijuana didn't stop a number of states from voting to permit its use under certain circumstances. But Alaska turned down the chance to make the drug completely legal.

      In Mendocino County, Calif., 115 miles north of San Francisco, voters approved a measure that would allow residents to grow up to 25 pot plants apiece. The measure faced no organized opposition. The county would still prohibit the sale or transportation of the drug, but busting small-time growers and smokers would, officially, remain a low priority for the sheriff.

      Voters in Nevada and Colorado approved measures permitting doctors to prescribe marijuana for the seriously ill. In the last four years, similar medical-marijuana measures have become law in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Maine and Hawaii.

      Nevada has strict anti-marijuana laws. But the state's policy-making drug commission, which fought the measure two years ago, was silent this year.

      Advocates of medical marijuana use say it helps people suffering from ailments like glaucoma, nausea from chemotherapy and appetite loss from AIDS. Opponents, including the American Medical Association, say marijuana, when smoked, can contribute to cancer.
       
      Alaska voters rejected legalizing the drug under a ballot initiative that would have made Alaska's marijuana laws the most liberal in the country. The measure would have done away with civil and criminal penalties for people 18 or over who use marijuana or hemp products. People previously convicted of marijuana crimes would have been granted amnesty.
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