Cannabis legalization is a hot topic on ballots across the country and some states will help decide the future of recreational or medical marijuana in the United States.
Here are the 9 states that have added cannabis legislation to their November ballots:
Arizona | Prop 205 | Recreational
The Arizona Marijuana Legalization Initiative, known as Proposition 205, will be on the ballot for the November elections in Arizona.
The ballot measure would allow medical marijuana dispensaries already in place the first opportunity to sell recreational cannabis.
Adults over the age of 21 will be allowed to grow 6 plants while a 15 percent tax is levied on the plant.
Arkansas | Medical Cannabis Act
If passed, the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act will allow patients with an extensive list of qualifying conditions to consume marijuana with a doctor’s approval.
Patients will be able to possess 2 ½ ounces or grow up to 5 plants and 12 seedlings if they live more than 20 miles from one of the at least 39 care centers. A designated caregiver would also be able to grow for up to 5 patients.
California | Prop 64 | Recreational
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Back in 1996, California made history as the first state to legalize cannabis for medical use. Now some 20 years later, all eyes are on California, who will finally have the opportunity to legalize it recreationally for those who are 21 or older.
Voting “yes” on California Proposition 64 will legalize marijuana and hemp under state law while enacting at 15 percent sales tax and a $9.25 per ounce cultivation tax. The law will also prevent licenses that would allow corporate money to create a monopoly on the industry.
A provision would also allow for resentencing and destruction of records for prior marijuana convictions. If the ballot measure passes, California will be the most populous state in the nation to have legalized recreational marijuana opening the flood gates for the next round of the green rush.
Florida | Amendment 2 | Recreational
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Even though a similar constitutional amendment was defeated in 2014 with 58 percent of the vote, things are looking up for the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, Amendment 2.
The law would allow doctor’s to prescribe marijuana to those affected by cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, PTSD, Crohn’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, ALS, multiple sclerosis or “other debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those enumerated.”
A recent survey from Public Policy Polling shows between 70 percent support for the medical marijuana initiative.
Maine | Question 1 | Recreational
The Maine Marijuana Legalization Measure, known as Question 1, will legalize, regulate, and tax cannabis. After the Maine secretary of state invalidated over half of the signatures and a subsequent lawsuit overturned the ruling, another review of the measure qualified it for the ballot in November.
Voters are concerned about the impact of legalization will have on the communities it affects. Mayor of Portland, Ethan Strimling wants to ensure revenue generated from retail sales will be allocated to health and schools.
Massachusetts | Question 4| Recreational
Massachusetts’s residents have the opportunity to possibly possess less than 10 ounces in their homes and up to one ounce in public should Question 4 pass in November
Under the new law, those 21 years or older would also be able to grow up to 6 plants. The new Cannabis Control Commission would regulate the law and issue licenses to those wishing to sell marijuana while charging the sales tax and an additional 3.75 percent excise tax. If approved, weed could be free flowing in Massachusetts by Dec 15.
Montana | Initiative 182 | Medical
Big Sky Country has a chance to add some sweet smelling clouds to their beautiful landscape if the Montana Medical Marijuana Initiative, I-182 , passes in November.
The state’s conservative legislature recently destroyed a 2004 medical marijuana law when the Montana Supreme Court upheld rules to strictly regulate and inhibit medical marijuana sales.
Under the recently authorized legislation, there will be a limit on dispensary advertising and an automatic review will be imposed if a doctor makes 25 or more recommendations for patients.
The law also limits the number of patients a dispensary can serve to 3. Hundreds of dispensaries have already closed their doors.
There is no polling available to give any hint on where the electorate is leaning on the law.
Nevada | Question 2 | Recreational
The Nevada Marijuana Legalization Initiative, also called Question 2, is what will be voted on this election season.
The tax from cannabis sales would be reallocated to K-12 education and regulated by the Department of Taxation. Question 2 is one of 8 other measures that would legalize pot for either medical or recreational purposes.
Opposition to the law has been missing in action throughout this election season and no PAC or group has purchased television airtime http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/pot-news/opponents-legalized-marijuana-invisible-nevada-s-question-2-campaign).
North Dakota | Measure 5 | Medical
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The North Dakota Compassionate Care Act, or Initiated Statutory Measure 5, will set up a system of nonprofit “compassion centers” to make medical cannabis available to people with a long list of qualifying conditions.
The sparse landscape will allow patients to grow up to 8 plants if they live more than 40 miles from a “compassion center.”
Already enforcing some of the harshest marijuana laws in the country, North Dakota will keep cannabis users on a tight leash. The Health Department would be allowed to “perform on-site interviews of a qualified patient or primary caregiver to determine eligibility for the program” (http://www.alternet.org/drugs/4-states-voting-medical-marijuana-year) by entering the premises with only 24 hours notice.
Oklahoma | Question 788 | Medical
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Question 788 obtained over 2,000 signatures, more than it needed to qualify for the November ballot and had passed through the state’s Supreme Court, however as MERRY JANE reported a few weeks ago, the bill hit a roadblock when it was sent to Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s office.
Pruitt questioned language in the bill and wanted to rewrite the title, which made legislation miss the deadline to be printed on the November ballot.