Is Your State Voting on Marijuana Reform This November? - HILIFE Cannabis Creative
If all ballot measures pass in 2016, a total of 76 million people will live in states with legal, regulated adult-use cannabis. See if your state is voting this November on marijuana reform.
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Is Your State Voting on Marijuana Reform This November?

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Is Your State Voting on Marijuana Reform This November?

In 2012, Colorado and Washington state voted to allow the adult use of cannabis. With 12 million Americans given the freedom to purchase and consume the plant, and sales numbers competing with major industries, it was only a matter of time before other states caught on to its benefits. This November, 9 states are voting on some form of regulation, not including Denver, Colorado who’s voting to be the first city in the world to allow public consumption.

 

According to Leafly, “If all five adult-use ballot measures pass in 2016, a total of 76 million people — nearly one-quarter of the U.S. population — will live in states with legal, regulated adult-use cannabis. On the medical side, Florida, Arkansas, and North Dakota would add 24 million residents to the roughly 160 million Americans already living in 25 states with legal medical cannabis.”

 

Using graphs from the Leafly political team, you can see the increase in cannabis acceptance over the years, unsurprisingly lead by millennials. You can also see every state ballot measure detail and learn more about what each state’s proposition consists of.

 

States In Play: November 2016

Adult Use Legalization

State Ballot Measure Current Status
Arizona Adult Use: Proposition 205 Oct. 20 Arizona Republic poll has 50% favoring, 42% opposing, 8% undecided.
California Adult Use: Proposition 64 SurveyUSA poll: 52-41% in favor. USC/LA Times poll: 58-34% in favor.
Maine Adult Use: Question 1 Gov. LePage is against it, but polls say 55% of Mainers want it.
Massachusetts Adult Use: Question 4 Oct 19 WBUR poll has Q4 passing, 55 to 40%. Huge lead with few undecideds.
Nevada Adult Use: Question 2 Latest: 57% for, 33% against legalization. But $2 mil in attack ads are about to drop.

Medical Use Legalization

State Ballot Measure Current Status
Arkansas Medical: Issue 6 and Issue 7 Sept. 17 poll has Issue 7 passing, Issue 6 failing.
Florida Medical: Amendment 2 Late-Sept. polls have support at 69 to 73%.
Montana Medical: Initiative 182 Court-ordered dispensary closures boost MMJ support.
North Dakota Medical: Measure 5 Lack of pre-election polling makes this one tough to call.

 

The Pew Research Center’s poll is one of the best sources of cannabis opinions in America. They’ve reported views from from 1969-2016 of individuals from multiple generations.

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Arizona

 

  • Prop. 205 allows adults 21+ to possess up to 1 oz. of cannabis.
  • Private consumption only.
  • Limited home growing allowed:
    • Up to 6 plants per person, in an enclosed locked space.
    • Up to 12 plants total per residence.
  • State agency will oversee a licensed, regulated industry.
  • Number of retail stores is capped at 10% of total liquor stores.
  • Local municipalities may enact limits on cannabis businesses.
  • 15% excise tax goes to schools and substance abuse prevention

 

Where to vote: https://voter.azsos.gov/VoterView/PollingPlaceSearch.do

 

 

Arkansas

 

  • Measure 6 & Measure 7 both legalize medical cannabis.
  • Measure 6 is a constitutional amendment.
  • Measure 7 is a statewide initiative.
  • Qualifying conditions include: cancer, glacoma, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, ALS, Tourette’s syndrome, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, PTSD, severe arthritis, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s disease, wasing syndrome, peripheral neuropathy, intractable pain, severe nausea, seizures, severe and persistent muscle spasms, multiple sclerosis.
  • Measure 7 establishes up to 39 nonprofit “cannabis care centers” statewide.
  • Measure 7 allows patients >20 miles from dispensary to grow 10 plants. Measure 6 does not

 

Where to vote: https://www.voterview.ar-nova.org/VoterView/RegistrantSearch.do

 

 

California

 

  • Prop. 64 allows adults 21+ to possess up to 1 oz. of cannabis.
  • Private consumption only.
  • Home growing allowed, up to 6 plants per residence.
  • Allows cities to ban outdoor home grows but not indoor grows.
  • Local municipalities may tax, regulate, or ban cannabis businesses.
  • Cannabis businesses must be 600 feet from schools.
  • Prohibits advertising cannabis products to children.
  • State Bureau of Marijuana Control will oversee a licensed, regulated industry.
  • Establishes seed-to-sale tracking of all cannabis.
  • Prop 64 does not pre-empt 2018 state regulation of medical cannabis.

 

Where to vote: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/registration-status/

 

 

*Denver, Colorado*

 

  • Initiative 300 would establish a four-year pilot program to permit consumption in any number of businesses provided neighborhood groups support a business owner’s application.
  • Denver would become the first city in the world to openly sanction public consumption of cannabis!
  • With 70 million tourists coming to Colorado a year, they’ll finally have somewhere public to consume.
  • Businesses would be permitted to create consumption areas both inside and outside.
  • Consumers 21 and older would be able to bring their own marijuana to the business and consume edibles and use vaporizers indoors.
  • Smoking marijuana would be allowed only outdoors.

 

 

Florida 

 

  • Amendment 2 allows medical use of cannabis for patients with qualifying conditions.
  • Qualifying conditions include:
    • Cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, PTSD, ALS, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and other physician-determined conditions.
  • Allows physicians to recommend medical cannabis without risk of arrest.
  • Allows the licensing of Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers where patients may access their medicine.
  • State Dept. of Health will oversee and regulate the medical cannabis system.
  • Qualifying patients will be issued ID cards.
  • Patient confidentiality is required by law

 

Where to vote: http://dos.myflorida.com/elections/for-voters/check-your-voter-status-and-polling-place/

 

 

Maine

 

  • Question 1 allows adults 21+ to possess up to 2.5 oz. of cannabis.
  • Private consumption only.
  • Allows licensed cannabis social clubs.
  • Allows home growing: 6 flowering plants, 12 immature.
  • Outdoor home grow is OK if not publicly visible.
  • State agency will license and regulate cannabis businesses.
  • The state can’t limit the number of retail cannabis stores.
  • Local municipalities can limit or ban retail cannabis stores Grow canopy is capped at 800,000 square feet for entire state.
  • 40% of all grow licenses must go to small growers (<3,000 sq. ft.)

 

Where to vote: http://www.maine.gov/portal/government/edemocracy/voter_lookup.php

 

 

Massachusetts

 

  • Question 4 allows adults 21+ to possess up to 1 oz. of cannabis.
  • Private consumption only.
  • Limited home growing allowed:
    • Up to 6 plants per person.
    • Up to 12 plants total per residence.
  • State agency will oversee a licensed, regulated industry.
  • Employers allowed to maintain drug use policies.
  • Local municipalities may limit, regulate, or ban cannabis businesses.
  • 3.75% state excise tax, plus 2% local tax

 

Where to vote: http://www.wheredoivotema.com/bal/MyElectionInfo.aspx

 

 

Montana

 

  • Initiative 182 amends Montana’s existing medical marijuana act.
  • Allows doctors to certify medical cannabis for additional qualifying conditions.
  • Additional conditions include chronic pain, PTSD.
  • Legalizes licensed MMJ dispensaries and testing labs.
  • Repeals the 3-patient limit for licensed providers.
  • Repeals the 25-patient limit for doctors.
  • Replaces police inspections with state agency inspections

 

Where to vote: https://app.mt.gov/voterinfo/

 

 

Nevada

 

  • Question 2 allows adults 21+ to possess 1 oz. of cannabis.
  • Private consumption only.
  • Limited indoor home growing allowed:
    • Up to 6 plants per person, 12 per residence.
  • Workplace restrictions are allowed.
  • State agency will oversee a licensed, regulated industry
  • Cannabis businesses must be at least 1,000 feet from schools.
  • Limits Clark County (Las Vegas) to 80 cannabis retailers.
  • Limits Washoe County (Reno) to 20 cannabis retailers.
  • 15% excise tax goes toward regulation and schools.
  • Question 2 does not affect existing medical marijuana laws.

 

Where to vote: http://nvsos.gov/sos/elections/voters/2016-primary-election-early-voting-locations-and-times

 

 

North Dakota

 

  • Measure 5 legalizes the use of medical cannabis for qualifying conditions.
  • Conditions include cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, ALS, glaucoma, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis, chronic back pain.
  • Designated caregivers may provide cannabis to up to 5 patients.
  • State Dept. of Health will issue MMJ cards to qualifying patients.
  • Allows “compassion center” dispensaries.
  • Dispensaries may grow up to 1,000 plants and inventory up to 3,500 oz. cannabis.
  • Allows home grow of up to 8 plants, if patient or caregiver is 40+ miles from nearest dispensary

 

Where to vote: https://vip.sos.nd.gov/IDRequirements.aspx?ptlhPKID=103&ptlPKID=7

 

 

Please VOTE this November 8th!

 

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