There are 24 states that allow some form of legal marijuana; Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and the District of Columbia are the only states that recreational marijuana is fully legal.
Come November, voters in nine states will decide on whether to legalize either the recreational use or the medical use of marijuana; Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada and North Dakota.
California has a long history of voting on marijuana reform. The latest measure, Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), legalizes:
California’s recreational marijuana law is intricate. It outlines marketing restrictions to minors, allows local tax rates and limitations on commercial marijuana operators to be in the hands of local counties and municipalities, and several other stipulations.
It also creates systems for reducing sentences and expunging past marijuana convictions.
Tax resources are allocated toward environmental protection and remediation, youth substance abuse prevention, medical marijuana research and local governments.
The measure is backed by Let’s Get it Right CA, Governor Gavin Newsom, the ACLU, NAACP, Drug Policy Alliance, Students for a Sensible Drug Policy, NORML and Marijuana Policy Project.
Nevada votes on recreational marijuana legalization in November. The stated passed medical marijuana in 2000. For residents 21 years and older, the initiative would legalize:
The initiative outlines that funds from industry taxes be allocated to schools and the regulatory structure. The Nevada Department of Taxation will oversee the licensing of marijuana retails stores, and marijuana cultivation, manufacturing and testing.
The initiative in Maine aims to legalize recreational marijuana for residents 21 years and older and creates a taxed and regulated recreational cannabis industry. It legalizes:
Maine’s Question 1 places the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to regulate and control the cultivation, manufacture, distribution and sale of marijuana.
The Marijuana Legalization Act is supported by the Legalize Maine group.
The Legalization and Regulation of Marijuana Act, or Proposition 205, will be on the ballot in Arizona this November. Medical marijuana is already available for almost 100,000 cardholders, however, recreational marijuana possession still faces legal charges. For residents 21 years and older, the initiative legalizes:
It also creates a new agency called the Department of Marijuana Licenses and Control to oversee the legal marijuana industry.
Taxes would be set at 15% and those collected from Proposition 205 would be allocated to school construction, full-day kindergarten programs, public drug education and more.
The Question 4 initiative to regulate and tax marijuana for recreational use for adults 21 years and up, like alcohol, will be on the November ballot. The initiative legalizes:
This bill creates a new Cannabis Control Commission to oversee all government regulation of marijuana in the state. It also places a tax on sales that pay for regulatory structure and any remainder is added to the Massachusetts’ General Fund.
Florida will be voting on medical marijuana for the second election cycle in a row. Florida saw medical marijuana narrowly defeated (2 percent) in 2014. The 2016 Amendment 2 initiative legalizes and states:
Arkansas has an interesting ballot when it comes to voting on marijuana reform. There are two competing proposals: the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act (Issue 7) and the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment (Issue 6).
Issue 6 would make a repeal of the law impossible as it is a state constitution amendment. It would legalized doctor-approved medical cannabis treatments for patients. Unfortunately this measure would place the program under the control of Arkansas’ Alcoholic Beverage Control, as well as, a new medical marijuana commission.
Issue 7 also allows doctor-approved medical cannabis treatment through nonprofit compassion centers. It also allows patients to grow their own marijuana at home if they live too far away from a center. This program would be oversee by the Department of Health.
Montana is voting to reinstate its medical marijuana laws through I-182. The initiative allows patients to access and use marijuana for several debilitating illnesses.
Medical marijuana was originally made legal in 2004 in the state. However, legislative restrictions made the law nearly impossible to work.
The initiative would make it legal for North Dakota residents who suffer from one of several debilitating illnesses to use marijuana with a doctor’s permission. They could possess up to 3 ounces of marijuana for medical purposes from either a state-licensed dispensary or a personally grown supply.
The state Health Department says the program would cost more than $3.5 million a year to operate.
This election can completely change the way people see marijuana and can end the war on drugs as far as marijuana is concerned. So friends…VOTE VOTE VOTE!