There are a lot of different laws regarding marijuana throughout the United States, and it’s up to each individual state to determine whether or not they want to legalize it, and if they want to do so for medical or recreational purposes, or both. Currently, Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and the District of Columbia are the only states that have legalized marijuana to the point where you can purchase it from dispensaries and legally carry it on you.
However, come November when the voters get to have their voice heard once again, even more states could be added to that list. Here’s a quick look at a few of those states, and how they’re likely to vote in the fall.
- Nevada. While Nevada voters said they wanted marijuana legalized back in 2013, the legislature turned it down. Nevada currently has a ballot initiative called the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which is backed by The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). This group is arguing that the economic advantages and falling crime rates legalization would bring would be hugely beneficial to the state. The campaign also argues that marijuana should be regulated and monitored in the same way alcohol is, with the same restrictions.
- Arizona. Arizona is also working with the MPP and has started the petition process so that the legalization of marijuana can become a ballot initiative in the fall. Currently there are 150,000 signatures on the petition.
- California. California has already started their own campaign known as the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act ballot initiative, and it’s expected that it will get the full support of voters in the upcoming election.
- Maine. Things got tricky in Maine when the Secretary of State disqualified the measure that was put into place, only to later be sued for doing so under unlawful circumstances. Today, Maine has 100,000 signatures in support of their campaign, and it’s expected to become a top ballot initiative in November as well.
- Massachusetts. Massachusetts is very close to getting the legalization of marijuana on the 2016 ballot; they only need 64,750 more signatures on their petition!
On the whole, about half of the states in America have legalized or decriminalized marijuana in some way. However, there’s still a long way to go when it comes to making marijuana legal for everyone. While the states mentioned above are expected to become more lenient with respect to marijuana laws, there are some that unfortunately, still don’t seem to want to budge on the issue. These states include: Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin.