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2016 Election – A Game-Changer for marijuana
Voters across 5 states considered ballot measures legalizing the recreational use of marijuana for adults. Prior to Nov. 8th, just four states in the U.S. had decriminalized marijuana and setup a regulatory system for its legal production and sale – Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington.
Cannabis measures rocked the vote in 2016!
Four states passed measures legalizing recreational marijuana for adults over 21 – California, Nevada, Massachusetts and Maine, bringing the total in the U.S. to eight states!
Arizona defeated Proposition 205, which would have legalized recreational marijuana. Better luck next time!
California, the sixth largest economy in the world (larger than France or India) just legalized recreational marijuana! Prop 64 passed by 56% of the vote.
What does this mean to California residents?
CA Prop 64 establishes a legal limit of one ounce of marijuana for adults over the age of 21. It also allows residents to grow as many as 6 marijuana plants at home (indoors). Rules regarding outdoor cultivation will be up to local governments.
No public consumption of marijuana will be allowed. However, consumption will be allowed in private clubs and at private events, given the event is permitted and licensed properly.
Learn more about California’s new law by checking out this article in The Sacramento Bee.
With the passage of Question #2, Nevada also legalized the adult recreational use of marijuana. Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, residents can posses up to an ounce of marijuana. Sales at recreational dispensaries are expected to begin operations before Jan. 2018.
Learn more by reading the Las Vegas Review Journal.
The referendum to legalize recreational marijuana in Maine passed – but just barely. And its future is not at all certain. It took 2 days to count all of the ballots, with the measure ultimately passing by less than one percentage point.
According to the Portland Press Herald, opponents of legalization are moving ahead with a request for a recount. The “No on 1” campaign has until next Wednesday to collect the signatures needed in order to formally request the Secretary of State’s office to undergo an official recount and tally of the votes – something that would likely take weeks.
Read more about Maine’s new law and the politics surrounding the recount at The Washington Times.
Voters in Massachusetts broke new ground last week by becoming the first New England state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Maine’s delayed tally and potential recount place it as the second New England state to legalize recreational marijuana.
Massachusetts has an opportunity to become a bellwether for Marijuana decriminalization and commercialization on the east coast. Residents of Massachusetts have the winds at their back and all of the east coast is watching to see how this new industry unfolds – in a state not unlike their own.
The new Massachusetts law allows adult residents to possess up to an ounce of marijuana AND keep up to 10 ounces of marijuana at home and grow up to six plants!
In short, the law proposes that Massachusetts legalize and regulate marijuana similar to alcoholic beverages.
What about D.C.?
The residents of the District of Columbia (D.C.) also decriminalized marijuana back in 2014 – take a look at the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s Facts on DC Marijuana Laws.
However, Congress has (each year) re-introduced a provision to the Omnibus Spending Bill – that effectively blocks the District of Columbia from taxing or regulating its marijuana sales. The Omnibus spending bills of 2014, 2015 and 2016 all maintained this provision and the trend is unlikely to improve with our next session of Congress.
About the Author
Erik Muenker D.C. – Portland, OR
Founder and Editor of CBD Business Blog | Twitter: @CBDbusinessBlog
Dr. Erik Muenker D.C. is the Publisher and Editor of the CBD Business Blog, an online blog and journal – your source for exclusive business, scientific, health and political news impacting the recreational and medical marijuana industries.
Our focus is on cannabidiol (CBD), a non-addictive, non-psychotropic and medically powerful cannabinoid found in marijuana and hemp.