Marijuana Legalization Ballot Initiatives That Won

In the midst of all the chaos surrounding the 2020 election, marijuana was the unequivocal winner. Marijuana legalization initiatives on the ballot in five states ran six for six.

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Marijuana Legalization in the united states

Marijuana legalization initiatives were on the ballot in New Jersey, Arizona, Montana, Mississippi, and South Dakota. The people have spoken. And the results are far from ambiguous. Three states passed recreational marijuana initiatives only, one elected to approve medical marijuana measures, and one state approved both medical and recreational marijuana ballot questions. 

With Arizona, New Jersey, South Dakota, and Montana now on board, that makes fifteen states that have approved marijuana for adult recreational use. Citizens in these states 21 and older will be permitted to possess cannabis for personal use and also to grow their own marijuana. 

South Dakota’s numbers are still pending. However, according to the tallied votes, citizens of the state were in favor of legalizing both recreational and medical marijuana. 

Meanwhile, voters in Mississippi chose one of two feuding medical marijuana initiatives. One measure was initiated by patient advocates, the alternative, a more restrictive measure, was put forth by Mississippi lawmakers. Voters sided with advocates. 

For those of you who live in states where marijuana is still illegal, there is the consolation of CBD oil, CBD isolate, and smokable CBD-rich hemp flower. These products are now legal nationwide and can be easily purchased online. While CBD doesn’t offer the buzz that comes with marijuana, it does offer a slew of medicinal benefits. 

While medical marijuana dispensaries in Mississippi and South Dakota, and recreational in Montana aren’t expected to be huge business, industry analysts in Arizona and New Jersey estimate the potential markets in those states to reach into the billions of dollars in short order.

The success of these ballot measures is a testament to America’s repudiation of the  draconian “war on drugs.” Moreover, public opinion recently reached a new high in the U.S. with 67 percent of the population now in favor of legalizing marijuana. It seems that it’s only a matter of time before the federal government caves in and removes marijuana from the controlled substances list. 

Marijuana Legalization Ballot Initiatives Won the 2020 Election 

New Jersey Public Question 1 (recreational marijuana)

  • Legalized adult-use cannabis for people at least 21 years old. 
  • A Cannabis Regulatory Commission created in 2019 to oversee the state’s medical cannabis program will oversee the state’s recreational program. 
  • The New Jersey state Legislature must now enact laws to this effect. 
  • The sale of cannabis products will be subject to state sales tax. 
With 83% of the vote reported this initiative was approved by 67% of voters.

Arizona Proposition 207 (recreational marijuana)

  • Allows limited marijuana possession by adults 21 and older.
  • Permits growing marijuana at home.
  • Amends criminal penalties for marijuana possession.
  • Imposes a 16% excise tax on marijuana sales in Arizona.
  • Allow expungement of marijuana offenses.

Montana Initiative 190 (recreational marijuana)

  • Legalizes the possession and use of limited amounts of marijuana for adults older than 21. 
  • Requires the Montana Department of Revenue to license and regulate the recreational marijuana market. 
  • Establishes a 20% tax on recreational marijuana sales in Montana.
  • Allows for the expungement of certain marijuana convictions. 
  • Prohibits advertising of marijuana and related products.
With 98% of votes reported, this measure passed with 57% of the vote.

Mississippi Proposition 207 (medical marijuana)

  • Allows limited marijuana possession, use, and cultivation by approved medical patients. 
  • Amends criminal penalties for marijuana possession.
  • Imposes a 16% excise tax on marijuana sales.
  • Authorizes state/local regulation of marijuana licensees
  • Allows for the expungement of marijuana offenses.
With 98% of votes reported 60% had voted in favor of this measure.

South Dakota Measure 26 (recreational and Medical Marijuana)

  • Legalizes medical use of marijuana by qualifying patients.
  • Permits manufacture, cultivation, and sale of medical marijuana by state-licensed dispensaries.  

With 98% of votes reported, 70 percent of voters voted yes on this measure.

Amendment A (recreational marijuana)

  • This amendment to the South Dakota Constitution legalizes, regulates, and taxes marijuana.
  • Also requires the state Legislature to pass laws regarding hemp and laws ensuring access to marijuana for medical use.

With 98% of votes reported, 54% approved this measure. 

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