Voters in the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Maine, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Washington DC have all backed medical marijuana laws in public referendums.
Yet only in Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington are the laws actually in place, and even then patients in all of these states still suffer from federal prosecution and harassment.
In Washington DC, 69% of voters backed the med-pot initiative, yet Congress delayed the votes being counted for a year, and then in October passed a spending bill that would prevent enacting the new law. President Clinton has threatened a veto of that bill, and so the question is still in limbo.
Medical pot initiatives will be on the ballot in Colorado and Nevada again in 2000.