Currently there are 25 States and Washington DC in the USA that have legalized marijuana for recreational or medical use. A list can be seen at http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org.
Now in 2016 the news is 9 states voting on marijuana! That would make a total of 34 states and Washington DC if they all pass. A beginning to the end of prohibition of pot.
Voting to Legalize for adult recreational use are
California was one of the first and has a long history of voting on marijuana reform. The latest measure, Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), legalizes:
- the possession of 1 ounce of marijuana flower, or up to 8 grams of cannabis concentrates for those 21 years and older,
- the cultivation of up to 6 plants,
- the industrial cultivation of hemp,
- a taxed and regulated system for a recreational marijuana industry
Nevada will vote on recreational marijuana legalization in November. The state has had medical marijuana since 2000.
For residents 21 years and older, the initiative would legalize:
- possession of 1 ounce of marijuana,
- a taxed and regulated recreational cannabis industry with tax revenue supporting K-12 education,
- and includes a clause that allows anyone who does not live within 25 miles of a marijuana store to grow up to 6 marijuana plants.
The initiative in Maine is new and aims to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 years and older and creates a taxed and regulated recreational cannabis industry. It legalizes:
- the possession of up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana,
- the possession, cultivation and transportation of up to 6 flowering marijuana plants, 12 immature marijuana plants and unlimited seedlings, and possession of all the marijuana produced by the marijuana plants at that person’s residence.
The Legalization and Regulation of Marijuana Act, or Proposition 205, is 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:
- the possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana,
- a taxed and regulated recreational cannabis industry,
- adults to grow up to 6 marijuana plants in an enclosed, locked space within their residences and possess the marijuana produced by those plants in the location where it was grown. A limit of the total marijuana plants grown in a single residence is limited at 12.
The Question 4 initiative will regulate and tax marijuana for recreational use for adults 21 years and up, like alcohol, will be on the November ballot. The initiative legalizes:
- possession up to 1 ounce of marijuana outside of an individual’s residence
- ,possession of up to 10 ounces of marijuana in an enclosed, locked space within their residences,
- growing up to 6 marijuana plants in an enclosed, locked space within their residences and possess the marijuana produced by those plants in the location where it was grown. No more than 12 total marijuana plants can be grown in a single residence.
Florida is voting on medical marijuana for the second election cycle in a row. Florida saw medical marijuana narrowly defeated by 2 percent in 2014. The 2016 Amendment 2 initiative legalizes and states:
the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating medical conditions as determined by a licensed Florida physician,
allows caregivers to assist patients’ medical use of marijuana,
and that the Department of Health shall register and regulate centers that produce and distribute marijuana for medical purposes and shall issue identification cards to patients and caregivers.
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.
Medical marijuana was originally made legal in 2004 in the state. However, legislative restrictions made the law nearly impossible to work.
While they fell short of signatures required to put recreational legalization on the ballot, North Dakota will vote to allow medical marijuana to be used for a dozen medical conditions.
All these initiatives are proof that the American public wants the change that is coming. The Federal government will eventually have to change the classification of Cannabis. This voting on November 8th will bring a majority of states with some sort of legalized Cannabis. The Feds cannot ignore this much longer.
If you are in one of these states GET OUT AND VOTE!
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