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Which States Are Going To Be Voting On Marijuana Reform In November 2016?

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It’s nearly the end of ‘signature gathering season’ across America for initiatives, with some states already having passed the final deadline to turn in signatures. As such, the dust is staring to settle and the picture is becoming clearer as to which states will be voting on either medical marijuana or recreational marijuana legalization. There are some states that still have signature gathering efforts underway, with some states looking more likely than others to meet the signature requirements. Below are states that have either made the ballot, are likely to make the ballot, or get an honorable mention for having efforts still underway with the final deadline to turn in signatures fast approaching:


California – The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) campaign has turned in enough signatures that it will likely be on the ballot in California in November. The initiative would legalize the possession of one ounce of marijuana flower, or up to four grams of cannabis concentrates for those 21 years and older. The cultivation of up to six plants would also be legalized, in addition to hemp production and a taxed and regulated system for a recreational marijuana industry.

Nevada – Nevada voters will see marijuana legalization on the ballot in November. The initiative would legalize the possession of one ounce for those 21 years and older, and a taxed and regulated recreational cannabis industry. Anyone who does not live within 25 miles of a marijuana store would be allowed to grow up to six marijuana plants.

Maine – An initiative in Maine, which originally had been determined to not have enough valid signatures to make the ballot, will indeed appear on the November ballot after the campaign successfully sued to get some invalid signatures validated. The initiated legalizes the possession of up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana and legalize the possession, cultivate, and transportation of up to ‘6 flowering marijuana plants, 12 immature marijuana plants and unlimited seedlings, and possess all the marijuana produced by the marijuana plants at that person’s residence’ for those 21 years and older. The initiative would also create a taxed and regulated recreational cannabis industry.

Arizona – The ’Legalization and Regulation of Marijuana Act‘ initiative should be on the ballot in Arizona this November. The signature deadline isn’t until July 7th, and signature gathering efforts have been going strong. The initiative would legalize the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana for those 21 years and older. Additionally, the initiative would create a taxed and regulated recreational cannabis industry. The initiative ‘allows adults to grow up to six marijuana plants in an enclosed, locked space within their residences and possess the marijuana produced by those plants in the location where it was grown. No more than 12 total marijuana plants can be grown in a single residence.’

Massachusetts – An initiative to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol in Massachusetts should be on the November ballot. The initiative met the initial requirement to put the issue before the Massachusetts Legislature, which punted on the issue. Campaign organizers have to gather a little over 10,000 signatures by June 22nd, which I don’t see being an issue. The initiative would create a taxed and regulated recreational cannabis industry. The initiative ‘allows adults 21 years of age and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana outside of their residences and up to 10 ounces of marijuana in an enclosed, locked space within their residences.’ The initiative also allows ‘allows adults 21 years of age and older to grow up to six marijuana plants in an enclosed, locked space within their residences and possess the marijuana produced by those plants in the location where it was grown. No more than 12 total marijuana plants can be grown in a single residence.’

Florida – Florida will be voting on medical marijuana for the second election cycle in a row. Florida saw medical marijuana narrowly defeated (2 percent) in 2014. The campaign is back with a better initiative, and has the benefit of knowing the pitfalls to avoid and how to better leverage what works this time around. The initiative legalizes the ’medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating medical conditions as determined by a licensed Florida physician. Allows caregivers to assist patients’ medical use of marijuana. The Department of Health shall register and regulate centers that produce and distribute marijuana for medical purposes and shall issue identification cards to patients and caregivers.’

Missouri – New Approach Missouri has turned in a significant amount of signatures, and if the signature validation rate goes well, Missouri voters should see medical marijuana on the ballot. Roughly 167,000 valid signatures are needed, and the campaign turned in roughly 250,000 total signatures according to media reports. That means there would need to be between a 66-67% validation rate. Looking at historical validation rates for other initiatives in recent history, that’s about in the middle of what has occurred, so there’s a great chance the initiative will make it.

Michigan – The MILegalize campaign has had a spot in my heart since the very first announcement of the campaign. I have always rooted for Michigan, and for reasons that are unknown to me, and don’t make sense to me, the Michigan campaign went the entire way without any significant help from the national level. The campaign turned in hundred of thousands of signatures, and while it will take a pretty high signatures validation rate, I’m still personally hopeful that the recreational marijuana legalization initiative will make the ballot. The MILegalize team did an outstanding job, and I tip my hat to everyone involved. The grassroots movement in Michigan is strong, and I look forward to anything and everything that comes out of there. Go get ’em Michigan!

Honorable mentions – Arkansas and North Dakota are currently gathering signatures. Arkansas has an August 25 deadline for the Secretary of State to certify initiatives, and the deadline for signature gathering in North Dakota is July 11th Those are two states to keep an eye on. It’s tough to say whether they will meet the deadline at this time, but are within striking distance if they received enough help!

  • Donald T. Petrus, Jr.

    I Believe, BELL-EVE, that with the tobacco product having as much acceptability and availability which it does that there isn’t Any type of a good reason that cannabis is an illegal product, yet, there are typically vending machines in the back of a Pub where a person can choose which one of 30 different types of nicotine products that they wish to purchase!!! HUH? Neither product is healthy for a person, Any Person, yet the tobacco product is a so very acceptable one.. It’s hard for me to Understand why a nicotine product which is Very Addictive is perfectly acceptable, yet a T.H.C. based product is still so very easily able to acquire that product.. It can easily be acquired from the dishwasher at a T.G.I.Fridays! HUH? C’mon Uncle Sam, please put some Visine in your Red-Eye and Puff, Puff, Pass a dime to me please?? Uncle Sam, Please get your Dick Out Of Your Hands!! PLEASE??

  • Instead of legalizing dangerous substances, we should be outlawing ALL dangerous substances. Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana even Coffee should be outlawed as dangerous and addictive. Leave it to the pharmaceutical companies and doctors to decide for us what is best!

    • Anonymous

      Leave it to the pharmaceutical companies and the doctors? U must be one of those kind with a closed mind and closed eyes. It’s a person’s God given right to seek alternative methods of treatment and remedies such as cannabis. I challenge u to maybe seek some enlightenment from an obscure manual called the “American Pharmacopoeia”. This manual is basically a list of all of the drugs that are recognized by the medical community. This book was started around 1850 and for almost 75 years, cannabis was mentioned as a known beneficial drug. Then it completely disappeared from its pages in 1936, about the same time Harry Anslinger pleaded his case to congress that “marajuana” caused black men to rape white women and other blatant lies and falsehoods. We could all still be reaping the wonderful benefits of cannabis. There is no doubt in my mind that we would also be healthier as a nation because of a better option than the poison the big pharmaceutical companies are pushing down sheeples throats. The idea that cannabis is a dangerous drug is totally unfounded and non sense. Before u demonize and persecute something that u obviously don’t understand, I encourage u to do the research Mr. Douche.

      • Anonymous

        Sounds like someone doesn’t understand the meanings of sarcasm or satire.

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  • Anonymous

    I was against Marijuana..for many years. .my husband however used it…I now have used it for medical reasons for 3 years…I am off of pain meds for my back,and my back pain was real from 3 herniated discs…I have is and using mmj.I do not suffer any longer…I have liver disease and arthritis due to it and had no pain…now to get my medicine to get rid of my liver disease I am not allowed to use my mmj…since being off for 3 months I have contin

  • Jennifer Moore

    For get about the states the federal government needs to declassifie it…I am living proof that it has so many medical benefits…and many many other people..I am tired of people who think it is only about a buzz…it helps me live…do you hear that people LIVE!!!and I should have every right as the next person to do that…

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  • Free4all

    As a lecturer on “problems in philosophy” it is agreed amongst the VAST majority of Academia that as free people we one ought to be free to put whatever he or she wants into their body.. We are not property of the state or property of the federal government.. On the point of “acceptable medical use” cocaine I believe is still schedule 2 so it has some purpose according to Fed? How about Opiate painkillers on schedule 2 and 3? The HHS and officials say Cannibas, it’s really about “safe medical use” and it’s not? What a moron… Anyone with education, direct experience, and intelligence can easily argue that the officials logic was to avoid a horrible loss of credibility… Let’s look at this … Oxycodone is dangerously biochemically addictive.. Everyone becomes addictive if prescribed long term.. Secondly, it’s safety is certainly not a virtue in its medical use.. And finally… It absolutely irrefutably has accepted medical use for a long long list of mental, physical, and emotional maladies… Oxycodone.. Is like heroin… And a sweeping epidemic of addiction is attributed to it… Let’s find the data that comes from rehab facilities… opiates, alcohol, benzodiazepines account for nearly the whole population of addicts desperate for help to get off the unforbidden substances prescribed in medical necessity in exchange for high risk life taking and life wrecking consequences… The 3 criteria requirement to be classified as schedule 1 was ignored and brushed over to the “safe medical use” is clearly because “high potential for abuse” and “no accepted medical use” is because the biggest pharma money makers fall into that category… Opiate painkillers… Benzos… Alcohol? The king of all drugs… Well, the prohibition nearly dropped our nation to their knees… Crime was the only notable result… So here we are… Poor Cannibas.. The DEA won’t declassify CBD because HHS chief scientist clearly is too dense to realize that Cannibas with nominal THCa and high CBD is not psychoactive thus not being able to produce a high.. Psychedelics now? LSD? Well maybe if HHS dosed themselves with a substance so high on the safety scale, with no risk to their brains or body, the would achieve enlightenment and kick the pharma lobbies and fuddy duddies in the asshole on the way to the unemployment lines filled with highly educated and moral qualified job seekers unable to obtain a job because they have a felony or misdemeanor that happened to be Cannibas related and nobody will hire them….. Legalize it you pathetically embarrassing Federal goon squad… And please… Leave nothing to pharma and doctors on the side of doing the right thing for us free people… Take pot off the list so you can focus manpower and legislation for reclassification of the big pharma poisons behind my local pharmacy counter…

  • Anonymous

    I really hope other states legalize it! Colorado is overly crowded.

  • Anonymous

    What about Texas we need to prove here

  • Kro

    I wish and hope that mmj will be legalized for medical purposes in South Carolina! I’m in consant pain due to being in a almost deadly car wreck which I was not the driver! It helps me not feel the hurt!