Most U.S. states have already legalized the use of medical cannabis. Oklahoma may soon become the latest addition to the list. The office of the secretary of state has confirmed that the notion of medical marijuana legalization will be put on the 2018 ballot.
On Tuesday, Arizonians defeated Proposition 205, which would have legalized limited recreational marijuana sales for adults 21 years old or older and created a commercial industry to tax and regulate the drug. According to the reported voting results, the initiative was rejected by 52 percent of votes, losing by nearly 80,000 votes.
It seems that the cannabis reform movement is the actual winner of this year's election. A few days ago, marijuana was legalized in several states including Florida. From now on, the state provides broader access to medical weed.
On November 8, 2016, nine states voted on the legalization of either medical or recreational weed. Five states―Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada―were deciding whether to permit marijuana use for adults.
The closer Americans get to Election Day, the hotter the discussion around marijuana legalization becomes. The second Tuesday of November will not be just about the end of the tiresome presidential race. It might also be the day that five more states vote for the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes.
The presidential election is quite stressful time. Moreover, the voters in nine U.S. states will have to nervous more than others, as the marijuana initiatives are also on the vote. Definitely, it is better to go through this time with some buds of marijuana. It will calm your overwhelming emotions and get you into the voting mood.
In the final stretch of the election season, the supporters of marijuana prohibition seem to be beefing up their campaign advertisements. A strong emphasis is put on the danger of children using marijuana—most ads include the message about kids' exposure to pot.
The latest statewide survey carried out by Howey Politics Indiana on the request of WTHR has found that the overwhelming majority of Indiana voters are likely to support medical marijuana legalization.
If voters support initiatives legalizing recreational marijuana in five American states and medical marijuana in Montana and Florida, those states will receive a $7.8 billion revenue from the legal weed market by 2020, the latest report suggests.
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.
Colorado is one of the pioneers in the legalization of cannabis in the USA. Although weed can be legally purchased here, pot users remain socially exiled and persecuted. The new NACCPP measure on the November ballot will be able to pull marijuana users out of the shadows.
The voters in North Dakota have got the chance to decide whether they need medical marijuana or not. According to North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger, supporters of the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act have collected enough qualified signatures to put the initiative on a ballot.
Although there is no guarantee that California is going to vote for the legalization of recreational marijuana, hundreds of big companies and small businesses have already been preparing to join the industry.
Although it looks like marijuana federal law will remain unchangeable in the near future, thousands of Americans will get the chance to change their local marijuana policies on the upcoming ballot in November.
Republican Governor is now considering Bill 523 on medical marijuana legalization in Ohio. Even if Gov. John Kasich signs this bill into law this week, Ohioans will have to wait months before the law comes into effect.