Tracking State Medical Marijuana Legislation and Ballot Initiatives

From 1997 through 1999, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) tracked state-level legislative and ballot initiatives involving the medical use of marijuana as part of the organization's Health Policy Tracking Service.

The tracking service's online database is a commercial venture that tracks state-level health-related policy issues for its commercial subscribers, who include:

  • Health care providers
  • Insurance companies
  • Pharmaceutical firms
  • Benefit consulting firms
  • Health maintenance organizations.

Key Results

  • The tracking service summarized the status of ballot initiatives and legislation in an issue brief and chart that were posted to the NCSL website and updated quarterly.

  • To ensure widespread dissemination, the tracking service also sent periodic e-mail alerts to inform lawmakers, their staffs and other policy-makers as new information about policies concerning the medical use of marijuana was posted to the website.

  • In addition, RWJF staff, as well as more than 7,000 state legislators and 30,000 legislative staff members, gained unrestricted access to the tracking service website.