Did recreational marijuana pass?

1.) California – Just Passed Recreational Marijuana

The movement to legalizing recreational marijuana in California has once again reached the ballot, and with the largest implications for legalization elsewhere, America’s most populous state. The home of an economy ranking number six in the world, the stars seem to have aligned for the Golden State to finally legalize cannabis recreationally, where the plant is still considered a Schedule One narcotic. This state was the first to legalize medicinal marijuana back in 1996, and many in the state feel the passing of Amendment 64 in California is past due. Various polls foresee 64 passing there, by a margin of as small as 51 percent to as large as 71 percent. The highest ranking political figure in California, Nancy Pelosi, even supports Amendment 64, and should recreational marijuana be legalized here, the floodgates for other states to follow suit would surely open. With legalization seemingly on the horizon for our nation’s strongest economic power, the future looks bright for those pressing for recreational marijuana in California, as well as the rest of the country.

With Proposition 64, adults 21 and older will be allowed to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, grow up to 6 plants and purchase other cannabis products from licensed and compliant businesses.

 Did recreational marijuana pass?

2.) Nevada –Just Passed Recreational Marijuana

Coming in the number two spot with Question 2 on the ballot, is (ironically) the Silver State. Medical marijuana has been legalized
for more than a decade in Nevada, but Question 2 will particularly allow manufacturers, stores, and even distributors to open their doors there. Uniquely enough, growing marijuana in public view would become a punishable offense, growing would become legal within locked, enclosed areas. Accompanied by a strong legislative backing, Question 2 was slightly favored currently amongst the population. The boost to Nevada’s already popular tourism industry, the potential for revenue could be huge for Nevada.

Nevada adults 21 and over can possess up to an ounce and grow up to 6 plants; However, you can only do so if you live 25 or more miles from the nearest dispensary. Adults 21 and over will be able to purchase from licensed and compliant establishments as well.

Did recreational marijuana pass?

3. Massachusetts – Just Passed Recreational Marijuana

With the legalization of recreational cannabis to the Bay State, it is receiving a mixed reception from both the populous as well as the political body. Prior to today possession of less than an ounce of marijuana in Massachusetts harbored a small fine accompanied with a slap on the wrist for adults, opposition, may outweigh support in the sixth oldest state. Amongst those against legalizing recreational cannabis are: Bishops of the Roman Catholic Order, the governor of Massachusetts Charlie Baker, and even the mayor of the city of Boston (Massachusetts’ largest city)  Marty Walsh. With such key political and religious resisting legalization, Massachusetts earns the number five spot, being least likely to legalize out of the group.

Massachusetts will allow adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce, 6 plants for personal use, 10 ounces within your home and the option to purchase from licensed and compliant dispensaries.

States that did not pass recreational marijuana.

 

1.) Maine – Did Not Pass Recreational Marijuana

Passing the Bay State on the list is the Pine Tree State. Our country’s easternmost state has tried more than once to legalize recreational marijuana in the past, and the movement has once again returned to the ballot, backed by over three million supporter raised dollars. Heading the opposing side of Maine’s Proposition 205, is Maine’s Governor Paul LePage. More lenient laws on possession of cannabis for adults are already in place in Maine, where medical marijuana is already legal (same for the other states on this list) , which may or may not aid in the passing of 205. Did it pass?

2.) Arizona – Did Not Pass Recreational Marijuana

Flying the flag for Proposition 205 along with Maine is Arizona. A place where possession of under two pounds of marijuana can garner a felony charge along with incarceration of up to two years, nobody expected the Grand Canyon State to come in the third place spot. The fact of the matter is, medicinal marijuana has be legal in Arizona since 1996, and legalization truly does stand a chance. Proposition 205 would create a regulating body for recreational marijuana, and taxes from recreational weed would go to school districts as well as the state department, much like in Colorado. With the polls having the passing of 205 in Arizona ahead by a mere one percent, the Grand Canyon State firmly secures a place in the middle of the pack for the legalization of recreational marijuana.

New Medical States

Arkansas

Arkansas will now be able to have 8 cannabis grows and up to 40 medical dispensaries.

Florida

The passing of medical marijuana will allow the state Department of Health to license dispensaries as well as those with physician-approved medical conditions such as Crohn’s disease and epilepsy.

Montana

The passing of Ballot Issue 24 will result in the repeal of the 3 patient limit for Medical Marijuana providers as well as allow more access to legal marijuana for licensed patients.
 

North Dakota

North Dakota will allow licensed patients to possess up to 3 ounces of Cannabis and the option to grow up to 8 plants as long as you live 40 or more miles from a licensed dispensary.

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