Over the last few years, the attitude of Americans to marijuana has increasingly changed for the better due to the obvious scientific and anecdotal evidence of how cannabis is really beneficial for people. This November, nine new states will be voting to legalize cannabis for medical or recreational use, and in case of a positive outcome, five states will legalize weed in full.
But are Americans actually ready to legalize cannabis this fall? Will marijuana initiatives gain the required majority of votes to become a law in these states? Though the overall climate of weed legalization seems to be friendly, the actual picture can be seen only from the statewide statistics.
A recreational marijuana initiative will be put to a vote at the upcoming presidential election in Nevada. The state residents will have a chance to support the Nevada Marijuana Legislation Initiative if they want to purchase up to one ounce of cannabis or grow up to six pot plants for personal use.
The latest poll conducted by the KTNV-TV 13 Action News/Rasmussen Reports shows that 50% of voters are going to back the initiative, while 41% of respondents are in opposition, and 9% are still undecided.
This fall, the state residents will be voting on the legalization of medical marijuana for people with debilitating conditions, which is proposed through Amendment 2. This legislative initiative aims to help patients with cancer, depression, glaucoma, sclerosis, epilepsy, and other diseases that cause lots of suffering for people.
The latest statewide poll conducted by the Public Policy Polling found that nearly 70% of residents were likely to back the medical marijuana initiative. Hopefully, this time Floridians will not repeat their 2014 mistake, and Amendment 2 will gain the necessary number of votes to improve the health conditions of local patients. Read more on Floridians' attitude to medical weed in the article below.
Missouri is also a state that is going to vote on medical cannabis at the ballot box. The state initiative is titled New Approach Missouri and does not include a list of qualifying diseases like similar propositions in other states. According to the Missouri’s initiative, state-licensed doctors will get the full power of prescribing medical marijuana.
The latest poll carried out by Public Policy Polling found that 62% of the state voters would back this measure. However, the ballot initiative has strict regulations for a seed-to-sale tracking system, which ensures that only patients with prescriptions will get access to weed after the legalization. In this way, the state guarantees that the drug will be only for patients in need and that the revenue from weed sales will go towards helping the local veterans.
If you remember, California was the first American state to legalize medical use of cannabis in 2003. In case Proposition 64 is adopted by voters, state adults 21 and over will be able to legally buy up to eight grams of weed and consume it recreationally.
Several polls have been conducted recently in California. The average percentage of supporting voters was found to be 60%, while the CALSPEAKS poll held in September found that nearly 71% of voters were likely to support the legalization of recreational weed in the state. Thus, there are high chances that Californians will also celebrate the legalization of weed for adult use in the near future. Read more on this issue in the article below.
Like Floridians, Arkansans will also vote on the legalization of medical cannabis. If you are a resident of this state, you will find the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act under Issue 7 on the ballot. The initiative is aimed to provide legal access to marijuana to patients suffering from debilitating conditions like cachexia, seizures, intractable pain, or severe muscle spasms. In addition, the qualifying list includes such diseases as arthritis, migraines, asthma, cancer, and other severe illnesses.
As for the public opinion, currently, nearly 68% of state residents support the medical use of marijuana, according to the latest survey done by Public Opinion Strategies.
Arizonians will also find the recreational cannabis initiative in their ballot lists under Proposition 205. This initiative would allow residents aged 21 and over to use and grow weed for recreational needs, but it would also establish the Department of Marijuana Licenses and Control authorized to regulate and limit cannabis businesses.
Despite strict regulations, nearly half of Arizonians are going to back Proposition 205, according to the latest survey held in August. The article below will give you more information on this poll.
Like in California, residents of Massachusetts will also vote on the adult use of marijuana this fall. The state initiative will appear as Question 4 on the ballot. The initiative would allow full-aged residents to legally cultivate up to six cannabis plants in enclosed, private spaces.
Up until September, various statewide polls had shown nearly 40% of voters' support, but the latest survey carried out by WBUR/MassINC found that 50% of voters would back the legalization initiative. These promising statistics give us hope to believe that Massachusetts residents will change their biased attitude towards marijuana come November.
This November, Maine residents will vote on the state Marijuana Legalization Act, which would legalize the adult use of weed and also allow full-aged residents to obtain licenses for commercial weed production and retail sales.
The latest statewide polls conducted by Critical Insights and the Maine People’s Resource Center in March revealed similar results showing that nearly 55-59% of Maine voters supported recreational use of weed in the state. However, an online polling on the iSideWith website is currently showing 72% of marijuana supporters in the state.
The North Dakota Compassionate Care Act 2016 has only recently gathered enough signatures to be qualified for the November ballot. The state act would establish a medical cannabis system aimed to supply up to three ounces of weed to patients with qualifying diseases.
Unfortunately, the latest poll on medical marijuana in the state was conducted in 2014 and found that only 47% of North Dakota voters supported the legalization of medical cannabis.