What states passed new marijuana laws?
Last week we did an overview of the states that would have medical marijuana or recreational marijuana on the ballot. This week, we’ve updated that list to bring attention to what states passed new laws, and what states didn’t.
California: California already allows for medical marijuana and will be voting on whether or not to allow its recreational use as well, making one of our greenest states just a little bit greener. This one seems fairly likely to pass. UPDATE: And it did! California has helped make the West Coast one of the friendliest areas for marijuana in the nation.
Nevada: This state is also voting for recreational marijuana, something that is being pushed heavily by Vegas in order to further their reputation as a place where “anything goes”. However, it is likely to come up against opposition from the rest of the state. UPDATE: Nevada also pulled through, officially allowing recreational marijuana.
Arizona: This is another state voting on recreational marijuana, though here, it’s much less likely to pass. Polls leading up to November have shown less than half of the state supports legalizing marijuana, meaning it will likely take another election cycle before it passes. UPDATE: And we were right–52% of the electorate voted no on the ballot, so we’ll have to see what happens in another 2 years.
Massachusetts: A state that’s near-deadlocked on the issue of recreational marijuana, with a tough fight coming from both sides of the ballot. Even if marijuana is legalized, it’s expected to have some of the strictest laws for growing or selling in the nation. UPDATE: The measure passed, and now we wait and see if the laws around it are too strict.
Maine: Polls are showing that recreational marijuana is fairly likely to be legalized in this heavily blue state. UPDATE: And it has been!
Florida: Several million dollars have been spent on both sides of the ballot as Florida decides if it will be the first southern state to allow medical marijuana. Right now, it looks like anybody’s game. UPDATE: Medical marijuana is now legal in Florida.
Arkansas: This state is having another try at legalizing medical marijuana. The ballot failed (barely) in 2012, so there’s hope that this time, with a stronger push, it can be passed and possibly edge out Florida as the first southern state to get medical marijuana. UPDATE: It turns out the second time is the charm, as the measure officially passed this November 8th.
North Dakota: This one is a bit of a long-shot, with this issue just barely qualifying to be on the ballot this year. Still, it’s a good sign that a place as staunchly against medical marijuana in recent years is warming up enough that it’s coming to a vote. UPDATE: And sometimes long-shots come through, with North Dakota also joining the list of states legalizing medical marijuana.
Montana: Montana already has medical marijuana, but state lawmakers have created laws that have made it nearly impossible for dispensaries to turn a profit. This year on the ballot are measures that would roll back these laws, and hopefully expand the business across the state. UPDATE: No new changes.