Voters Speak Up on Marijuana, Abortion, Healthcare Issues

the MPR take:

On November 4th, several states had ballot initiatives on issues including abortion, healthcare, and marijuana. Here are the results from the voting:


  • Colorado voters rejected Colorado Amendment 67 that would have amended the state's criminal code to include fetuses under the terms "person" and "child" in legal statutes. State voters rejected similar measures in 2008 and 2010 by >70%. North Dakota voters also rejected a similar personhood ballot measure by a margin of 64%.
  • Tennessee approved a measure giving state legislators more authority to "enact, amend, or repeal" abortion statutes.


  • A proposed increase on medical malpractice lawsuit award caps for pain and suffering (from $250,000 to approximately $1.1 million) was rejected in California. The proposition, if passed, would also have required hospitals to randomly test their physicians for drug and alcohol use.
  • Illinois voters agreed to a non-binding measure that prescription birth control should be covered in health insurance plans that provide coverage for prescription drugs.
  • A Massachusetts measure that would allow workers to earn one hour of sick time for every 30 hours on the clock, for up to 40 hours of paid sick time per year passed.


  • Alaska voters approved a measure to legalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and up to 6 plants for adults ages ≥21. Oregon and Washington, D.C. voters backed similar measures for possession of up to eight ounces of “dried” marijuana and up to four plants, and up to two ounces of marijuana and up to three plants for personal use. However, the D.C. measure will not take effect until after a review by Congress.
  • A proposed amendment in Florida to legalize marijuana for medical purposes was rejected.

Marijuana, Abortion, Healthcare: Voter Outcomes on State Ballot Measures
Marijuana, Abortion, Healthcare Ballot Issues

Voters didn't just pick who they're sending to Congress and their state legislatures Tuesday — they also spoke up on a staggering range of fiercely debated issues, from abortion and legal pot to gun rights and hiking the minimum wage. Here's a look at the results of just some of the nearly 150 ballot initiatives considered Tuesday: