Voters in six states pass cannabis-related ballot measures

leafVoters in Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, Oregon and South Dakota passed statewide ballot measures favoring medical marijuana, adult-use cannabis legalization or hemp cultivation in the Nov. 3 elections.

Arizona voters passed Proposition 207, which legalizes the recreational use of marijuana for adults 21 and over. Adults will be able to purchase up to one ounce of marijuana at a time, and grow no more than six plants for personal use. In addition, those previously convicted of certain marijuana-related crimes will have the opportunity to expunge their criminal record beginning on July 12, 2021.

Mississippi's Ballot Measure 1 allows the use of marijuana for medical purposes. This measure only applies to debilitating medical conditions such as cancer, chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder. Under this measure, qualifying patients can possess no more than 2.5 ounces of marijuana per 14 days.

Montana’s ballot contained two measures relating to the legalization of marijuana. Constitutional Initiative 118 allows the legislature to establish the legal age for purchasing or possessing marijuana. Initiative 190 allows individuals over the age of 21 to possess no more than one ounce of marijuana or eight grams of marijuana concentrate. In addition, individuals may grow not more than four marijuana plants for personal use. Non-medical marijuana will be taxed at 20% of its retail price.

New Jersey voters passed Public Question 1, which legalizes the recreational use of marijuana for adults 21 and over. Marijuana products will be subject to the state sales tax, which can be changed upon authorization by the legislature.

Oregon Measure 110 seeks to reclassify personal drug possession. Possession of a controlled substance in Schedule I-IV is reclassified to a Class E violation, with a punishment of a $100 fine or a completed health assessment. This measure also establishes a drug addiction treatment program, funded by the state's marijuana tax revenue.

South Dakota voters passed both a ballot measure and constitutional amendment. Initiated Measure 26 seeks to legalize medical marijuana for qualifying patients, including minors. Qualifying individuals must obtain a registration card from the State Department of Health to possess not more than three ounces of marijuana. Constitutional Amendment A legalizes the recreational use of marijuana for individuals 21 years or older. Individuals can possess up to one ounce of marijuana. This amendment imposes a 15% sales tax on marijuana and requires the Legislature to pass laws relating to the sale of hemp.

From Jurist, Nov. 5. Used with permission.  
 

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