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2012 All Marijuana Legalization Key Votes

Date State Bill No. Bill Title Outcome
June 27, 2012 NH SB 409 Authorizes Medical Marijuana Veto Override Failed - Senate (13 - 10)
June 25, 2012 NJ A 1465 Reduces Penalties for Marijuana Bill Passed - House (44 - 31)
June 5, 2012 RI S 2253 Reduces Penalties for Possession of Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 6)
June 5, 2012 RI H 7092 Reduces Penalties for Possession of Marijuana Bill Passed - House (50 - 24)
May 31, 2012 CA AB 2312 Regulations for Marijuana Dispensaries Bill Passed - House (41 - 30)
May 16, 2012 RI H 7888 A Authorizes Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Bill Passed - House (64 - 7)
May 15, 2012 CO HB 1005 Establishes Limits for Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana Bill Passed - House (38 - 24)
May 4, 2012 CT HB 5389 Authorizes the Use of Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
April 25, 2012 NH SB 409 Authorizes Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - House (236 - 96)
April 25, 2012 CT HB 5389 Authorizes the Use of Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - House (96 - 51)
March 28, 2012 NH SB 409 Authorizes Medical Marijuana Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 11)
March 8, 2012 NH HB 1705 Legalizes Marijuana for Individuals Over 21 Years of Age "Inexpedient to Legislate" Vote Passed - House (228 - 89)
March 8, 2012 NH HB 1526 Reduces Penalties for Possession of Less than One-Half Ounce of Marijuana Bill Passed - House (162 - 161)

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