America makes huge step in ending the prohibition of cannabis
California, Nevada, Maine, and Massachusetts all decided to move forward with the legalization of recreational cannabis
Arkansas, Florida, Montana, and North Dakota all decided to move forward with medicinal cannabis
Arizona voters went against the decision to legalize cannabis
The country is torn over the results of Tuesday’s election. In a huge upset, Donald J Trump won the presidency against the favored Hillary Clinton. While some see the election results as the worst thing to ever happen to America, there was some good news for cannabis activists around the country.
California, Nevada, Maine, and Massachusetts all decided to legalize recreational cannabis. Arizona attempted to do the same, but voters were against the idea. Many voters argued their fear of stoned drivers cruising around Arizona roads.
California – Proposition 64
In California, Proposition 64 was passed which makes California the most populated state to legalize recreational cannabis. Proposition 64 is also responsible for creating the largest cannabis product market in America.
Just 6-years ago, California turned down a similar measure to legalize cannabis. Proposition 64 had its fair share of opposition as well. Law enforcement officers around the state were the primary foundation for the opposition of Proposition 64.
The opposition did not stand much of a chance against those for Proposition 64, especially after contributions came in from Facebook President Sean Parker and none other than billionaire George Soros. The campaign brought in roughly $16 million, over ten times what the opposition was able to raise.
Proposition 64 allows Californians over the age of 21 to buy, possess, and transport up to one ounce of dried cannabis. Residents are also allowed to grow up to six plants.
Proposition 64 allows people to possess cannabis immediately, but there may be a substantial wait before there are retail stores you can purchase from. Only non-medical cannabis is allowed to be sold through licensed businesses, but the state has until January 1, 2018, to begin issuing recreational licenses.
Nevada – Question 2
In Nevada, voters approved Question 2, also known as the Nevada Marijuana Legalization Initiative. The race was called after 54 percent of the votes were for Question 2.
Non-medicinal cannabis using residents of Nevada will now be allowed to grow up to 6 cannabis plants. Home cultivation is not allowed if your house is located within 25-miles of an operating marijuana retailer.
People will be allowed to carry up to one ounce of dried cannabis, and up to 3.5 grams of concentrates. The new law goes into action on January 1, 2017, but the state has until January 1, 2018, to establish the regulations around commercial cannabis activities.
Maine – Question 1
It appears that Maine will just barely squeak by to legalize recreational cannabis. Question 1, known as the Marijuana Legalization Act, seems to have won the vote with 50.2 percent for Question 1.
Question 1 allows adults not involved in the medical cannabis program to grow up to six plants, or twelve young plants. Adults are allowed to carry up to 2 1/2 ounces of cannabis and will enable commercial cannabis production and retail.
The newly passed law will go into effect in 40 days. The State of Maine has scheduled the regulations to be in place for cannabis-related businesses by August 8, 2017.
Massachusetts – Question 4
In Massachusetts, Question 4 was passed with 53.6 percent of the votes, despite opposition from Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, and Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley.
On December 15, adults 21 and older in Massachusetts will be allowed to carry up to one ounce of dried cannabis. However, there will not be an outlet to legally buy cannabis until January 1, 2018.
The law also allows adults to grow up to 12 cannabis plants, which has some law enforcement officials worried about how they will keep cannabis from local growers from reaching the black market.
Municipal leaders are allowed to limit, but not ban, cannabis retail stores. If it is desired, town and city leadership are able to a referendum, and voters can decide to completely prohibit cannabis recreational cannabis businesses in areas of the state.
Aside from the four new recreational cannabis-friendly states, four other states—Arkansas, Florida, Montana, and North Dakota–voted to legalize the use of medicinal cannabis, making last night a huge step in ending the prohibition of cannabis users in America.