Weed Wins! See Which Marijuana Measures Just Passed
No matter your preference on the president-elect, we can all agree this election was a major victory for the cannabis industry. With these recent results, nearly one-quarter of the U.S. population will live in states with legal, regulated adult-use cannabis. See below which marijuana ballot measures were passed, and which were rejected.
INITIATIVE 300 IN DENVER * CURRENTLY IN FAVOR *
Initiative 300 is a Denver-local ballot initiative that would create a 4-year pilot program where existing businesses — such as a bar, cafe, or restaurant — would be able to apply for permits to allow cannabis consumption in designated areas. Indoor consumption would be allowed only in vapor or edible forms, though cannabis smoking sections would be permitted if they were kept outdoors. The businesses would all operate on a bring-your-own-cannabis basis. Each business would require an endorsement from a registered neighborhood organization, Business Improvement District, or other neighborhood group before it can be awarded a permit. Denver Elections currently shows 53.01 percent, or 151,049 votes, in favor of Initiated Ordinance 300, with 46.99 percent, or 133,876, against.
PROP 64 IN CALIFORNIA * PASSED *
This proposition allows adults 21+ to possess up to 1 oz. of cannabis for private consumption only. Home growing is allowed indoors, up to 6 plants per residence. The state has a lot of regulations so recreational stoners might not start popping up until 2018.
PROP 205 IN ARIZONA * REJECTED *
Prop. 205 allows adults 21+ to possess up to 1 oz. of cannabis for private consumption only. There’s limited home growing allowed: Up to 6 plants per person, in an enclosed locked space, and up to 12 plants total per residence. 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
MEASURE 6 AND 7 IN ARKANSAS * PASSED *
Measure 6 is a constitutional amendment while Measure 7 is a statewide initiative. Both legalize medical cannabis. Qualifying conditions include: cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, ALS, Tourette’s syndrome, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, PTSD, severe arthritis, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s disease, wasting 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 and allows patients >20 miles from dispensary to grow 10 plants. Measure 6 does not.
AMENDMENT 2 IN FLORIDA * PASSED *
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. This amendment allows the licensing of Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers where patients may access their medicine. The State Dept. of Health will oversee and regulate the medical cannabis system. Qualifying patients will be issued ID cards.
QUESTION 1 IN MAINE * PASSED *
Question 1 allows adults 21+ to possess up to 2.5 oz. of cannabis for private consumption only, while allowing licensed cannabis social clubs. Home growing is permitted with 6 flowering plants and 12 immature. An outdoor home grow is OK if not publicly visible. 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.)
QUESTION 4 IN MASSACHUSETTS * PASSED *
Question 4 allows adults 21+ to possess up to 1 oz. of cannabis for private consumption only. You’re limited home growing is allowed up to 6 plants per person and up to 12 plants total per residence. Employers are allowed to maintain drug use policies. Local municipalities may limit, regulate, or ban cannabis businesses. 3.75% state excise tax, plus 2% local tax.
INITIATIVE 182 IN MONTANA * PASSED *
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. 182 legalizes licensed MMJ dispensaries and testing labs. This initiative repeals the 3-patient limit for licensed providers and the 25-patient limit for doctors. Replaces police inspections with state agency inspections.
QUESTION 2 IN NEVADA * PASSED *
Question 2 allows adults 21+ to possess 1 oz. of cannabis for private consumption only. Limited indoor home growing allowed: Up to 6 plants per person, and 12 per residence. Cannabis businesses must be at least 1,000 feet from schools. The 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.
MEASURE 5 N NORTH DAKOTA * PASSED *
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. This measure 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