In Washington, the most heated aspect of the debate is an included measure that makes it illegal for drivers to have more than 5 nanograms per milliliter
of THC in their system -- as the Seattle Times explains, "there are no
handy charts showing the number of tokes it takes to reach that level, because marijuana varies in strength and affects novice and seasoned users
6. Is the Department of Health responsible for regulating safe sex in pornography? YES
Although it will only affect a small community -- namely, the Los
Angeles County porn star community -- Measure B, which the LA Times calls
of the most explicit ever seen on a ballot," will require actors to
wear condoms when making adult films. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation backed the
measure; the actors and actresses turned out in full force against it.
Both sides made strong arguments in the interest of public
health -- those in favor argued that it would prevent the spread of STDs
while promoting the
message that "safety is sexy"; those against point out that the
money would be better spent directly providing sex education and
treating those with HIV.
7. Should home health care providers be publicly regulated? NO
Michigan voters ended up rejecting an amendment that would have limited the collective bargaining power of home
health care workers and applied standards of quality to home care. Opponents had argued that its real purpose was to force the workers to unionize and allow the government to collect dues. The Detroit News has more details on what the stakes were for the industry and the people it serves.
8. Should smoking be banned from public places? YES
North Dakota passed a measure to prohibit smoking in public places, making the three-fifths of the U.S. smoke-free. As the director of the North Dakota Hospitality Association told the Jamestown Sun, in reference to the 11 cities that have
already enacted bans, "It has been slowly creeping westward across North Dakota ... These things seem to be popular."
9. Should specific protections against abuse exist for dogs, cats, and horses? NO
The North Dakota Prevention of Animal Cruelty Initiative was rejected by 65 percent of voters. Itwould have taken a strong (and graphically specific) stand against animal abuse, making it a class C
felony for anyone to "maliciously and intentionally burn, poison, crush, suffocate, impale, drown, blind, skin, beat to death, drag to death, exsanguinate, disembowel, or dismember any living dog, cat or horse."
The act would have upped the maximum prison sentence and fine for animal abusers from 1 year and $2,000 to 5 years and $5,000.
10. Should universal health care be blocked on a state level? MOSTLY, YES
Initiatives outlawing the individual
mandate in Alabama and Montana passed, although like the 16 others that came before them, they are considered to be entirely symbolic. Wyoming took a potentially
stronger (but still symbolic stand) by becoming the third state to amend its constitution in opposition to the mandate. Similarly, Missouri is attacking
Obamacare from another angle by passing an amendment that will prohibit its governor from establishing a health care exchange.
But Florida, which would have required 60 percent approval to outlaw the mandate, did not even reach 50 percent support.