The politics of marijuana are shaping up to be a potentially huge factor in next year’s elections.
Four states and Washington D.C. have already fully legalized marijuana, and many states are trying to do the same in the Nov. 2016 elections, including a number of swing states like Arizona, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada and New Mexico, according to The National Law Review.
Here’s a guide to state recreational marijuana legalization initiatives to keep an eye on:
Rep. Mark Cardena (D-Ariz.) introduced the Arizona Marijuana Legalization Initiative in January, and it may appear on the November 2016 ballot.
The proposal would legalize possession and consumption of adults 21 and older, would permit adults to grow up to six plants at home and would tax marijuana sales at 15 percent. Revenue from weed taxes would be allocated to healthcare and education. The proposal would also establish a Department of Marijuana Licenses and Control, which would regulate cultivation, testing, manufacturing, transportation and sale of cannabis.
The Arkansas Hemp and Marijuana Legalization Amendment may appear on Arkansas ballots in 2016 as an initiated constitutional amendment.
If voters approve the measure, production, cultivation, distribution, sale, use and possession of marijuana, and all “products derived from the cannabis plant” would become legal for adults 21 and older. The amendment would also permit people to grow up to 36 plants.
California was the very first state to pass medical marijuana laws way back in 1996. Although Colorado, Alaska, Washington, Washington D.C. and Oregon beat California to the punch on recreational marijuana, it looks like California may likely pass full legalization in 2016.
Already six proposals are vying to legalize pot in the Golden State. Four have received enough signatures to qualify for a place on November 2016 ballots on California.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has been a strong supporter of legalization and predicts the state will pass cannabis legalization for recreational use in Nov. 2016.
Maine has two competing legalization initiatives at the moment. The Marijuana Policy Project-backed Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol would legalize up to an ounce of cannabis for adults and permit them to grow up to six plants at home. It will also generate a system of controlled marijuana sales, and would levee a ten percent and greater sales tax on cannabis sales. Also, it would allow marijuana social clubs and stores.
Another initiative, Legalize Maine, is more generous when it comes to possession and residential cultivation, enabling as much as 2.5 oz . and as much as six mature plants or as much as 12 immature plants per adult. The Department of Agriculture would regulate marijuana along with a 10 % flat florida sales tax could be enforced on all cannabis sales. Social clubs and pot shops could be permitted.
The initiatives need 61,126 valid voter signatures to qualify for the ballot, and they have until next spring to get them in.
The Massachusetts Marijuana Legalization Initiative, brought through the Campaign to manage Marijuana Like Alcohol in Massachusetts, appear on the state’s November. 8, 2016 ballot if coordinators collect enough signatures. The measure would legalize leisure marijuana for adult use, and would regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol.
A Michigan Marijuana Legalization Initiative may appear on the state’s November. 8, 2016 ballot. The initiative, brought through the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Committee, would permit grown ups 21 and older to own, use and also be as much as 12 plants for private consumption. The measure would also permit hemp farming.
The Mississippi Marijuana Legalization Initiative may appear on November. 2016 ballots within the condition. The initiative is backed by Mississippi for Cannabis, and would legalize leisure marijuana use and possession for grown ups. Underneath the suggested measure, grown ups could be allowed to own and employ limitless levels of marijuana, and would have the ability to grow up to nine plants in your own home for private use.
“The proposed measure would permit local governments to place a fee charge on cannabis or hemps farms, which are defined as an adult growing 10 or more marijuana plants,” according to Ballotpedia.
The Missouri Marijuana Legalization Initiative, brought through the legalisation advocacy group Show-Me Cannabis, may be placed on the November. 8, 2016 ballot if enough voter signatures are collected. The measure would legalize marijuana possession, growth and employ for citizens 21 and older. It will also permit citizens to fabricate goods from hemp.
The Nevada Marijuana Legalisation Initiative, brought through the Coalition to manage Marijuana Like Alcohol in Nevada, will show on the state’s November. 8, 2016 ballot. If approved, the measure will legalize 1 ounce or fewer of marijuana for leisure use by grown ups 21 and older.
The measure would levee a 15 % excise tax on wholesale marijuana sales, and existing sales taxes would affect marijuana retail sales. Revenue produced from marijuana taxes would be employed to support public K-12 education.
The New Mexico Marijuana Legalization Initiative may appear on the state’s Nov. 8, 2016 ballot as a legislatively known constitutional amendment. If approved, the measure would legalize marijuana possession and private use by grown ups 21 and older. The Brand New Mexico Legislature would regulate the growth, processing, transportation, purchase and taxation of marijuana and hemp within the condition.
A measure to legalize recreational marijuana in Ohio (Issue 3) is placed to appear on the state’s November. 2015 ballot. Brought through the professional-legalisation group ResponsibleOhio, the measure allows people 21 older to use, possess, grow and cultivate marijuana for private use.
The amendment would also create 10 Marijuana Growth, Cultivation and Extraction (MGCE) facilities, which will have exclusive privileges to commercial manufacture of cannabis.