Marijuana initiatives pass in eight states on Election Day

Marijuana initiatives pass in eight states on Election Day

On Tuesday four states approved legalization of recreational pot use and four others approved medical marijuana initiatives.

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On Tuesday four states approved legalization of recreational pot use and four others approved medical marijuana initiatives.

Marijuana Ballot Measures 2016

WASHINGTON – The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) said Wednesday that the legalization of recreational pot use in four states and the approval of medical marijuana prescription in four other jurisdictions will help pave the way for nationwide cannabis legalization.

“Election Day dealt another body blow to our nation’s costly, failed, and discriminatory policy of marijuana prohibition,” Executive Director Erik Altieri said in a statement. “If anyone thought our victories in 2012 and 2014 were a passing fad, it is now clear that they were mistaken.”

Below is a brief synopsis:

Maine: Approval of Question 1 legalized recreational marijuana use for adults 21 and over. The initiative was approved by less than 5,000 votes.

Montana: Adoption of Initiative 182 repealed an existing state statute prohibiting authorized distributors from prescribing medical marijuana to more than three patients. The measure was approved 57.6 percent to 42.4 percent.

Nevada: Approval of Question 2 legalized recreational marijuana use not exceeding one ounce for adults 21 and over. The initiative passed 54 percent to 46 percent.

Arkansas: Ratification of Issue 6 legalized recreational marijuana use for those suffering from specific health conditions. The initiative passed 53 percent to 47 percent.

Massachusetts: Approval of Question 4 legalized recreational marijuana use for adults 21 and over. The initiative passed 54 percent to 46 percent.

California: Approval of Proposition 64 legalized recreational marijuana use for adults 21 and over. The initiative passed 56 percent to 44 percent.

North Dakota: Adoption of Initiated Statutory Measure 5 legalized medical marijuana use for those suffering from deadly diseases and other serious health conditions. The initiative passed 64 percent to 36 percent.

Florida: Adoption of Amendment 2 legalized medical marijuana use for those suffering from certain health conditions. The initiative passed 71 percent to 29 percent.

Arizona: Proposition 205 would have legalized recreational marijuana use and possession for adults 21 and over but the initiative failed 52 percent to 48 percent.

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