5 States Are Considering Ballot Measures to Legalize Medical or Recreational Marijuana
Do you support states legalizing medical and/or recreational marijuana?
by The 2020 Causes Voter Center | 10.21.20
This fall, voters in five states will get to have their say on a variety of measures concerning marijuana. Here is a look at the measures under consideration in each state.
- Proposition 207 would legalize marijuana use and possession for adults 21 and up, and impose a 16% tax on marijuana sales. It would allow individuals to grow up to six marijuana plants in their homes, with the requirement that the plants be in a lockable enclosed area outside public view.
- The Arizona Dept. of Health Services (DHS) would be responsible for adopting rules to regulate marijuana. This would include oversight of licensing marijuana retail stores, cultivation facilities and production facilities.
- Ballot Measure 1, Initiative 65 and Alternative 65A offer two ways for Mississippi voters to approve the establishment of a medical marijuana program for individuals with debilitating medical conditions.
- Both Initiative 65A and Alternative 65A would amend the Mississippi Constitution to allow the establishment of a medical marijuana program for Missippians with debilitating medical conditions. This would allow individuals with debilitating medical conditions to seek certification from Mississippi-licensed physicians to obtain medical marijuana.
- However, the two measures differ on implementation of the medical marijuana program. While Initiative 65 would set eligibility criteria, a possession limit, a tax rate, patient ID card cost cap, establish an administrating agency, and a deadline for the issuance of medical marijuana cards. Alternative 65A leaves these details to be set by the Mississippi state legislature.
- CI-118 would change the Montana state constitution to allow marijuana legalization through either the state legislature or citizen initiative
- I-190 would legalize marijuana for adults over the age of 21, impose a 20% tax on marijuana sales, and allow for the resentencing or expungement of marijuana-related crimes.
- Both measures would need to pass to legalize recreational marijuana in Montana
- Public Question 1 would legalize and tax recreational marijuana for adults age 21 and up effective on January 1, 2021. The state’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission, which oversees the state’s medical marijuana program, would be responsible for regulating marijuana cultivation, processing, and sales within the state.
- New Jersey’s 6.625% state sales rate would be applied to recreational marijuana. Additionally, the state legislature would be authorized to allow local governments to enact additional 2% sales taxes on recreational marijuana.
- Initiated Measure 26 would establish a medical marijuana program for patients with debilitating conditions. Patients would be allowed to possess up to three ounces of marijuana and grow up to three plants at home. The South Dakota Dept. of Health would be responsible for enacting and administering the medical marijuana program.
- Constitutional Amendment A would legalize and tax recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older. The 15% tax on marijuana sales would be first be used to cover the costs of implementing a legal marijuana regulatory regime in the state, with remaining revenue split equally between state public schools and the South Dakota general fund. Local governments would retain the right to ban marijuana cultivators, testing facilities, wholesales, or retail stores from operating within their limits.
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