Voters in California, Nevada, Massachusetts and ME approved it for recreational use, doubling the number of such states. Consumption would be limited to people 21 or older and forbidden in most public spaces. The state will put a 10% sales tax on the drug and allow social clubs and retail groups to sell it.
"There are all these sub-questions which need to be determined and which will have a great deal to do with the success or failure of the legalization approach".
Maine's governor was against the legislation, calling it "not just bad for ME, it can be deadly". And through a community-based distribution system, the state will reinvest $50 million into mostly Black and Latinx neighborhoods that have been impacted most severely by drug war. The new amendment states that patients with illnesses of the "same kind or class as or comparable to" serious illnesses, such as cancer, HIV, post-traumatic stress disorder, Parkinson's disease and epilepsy would be eligible to access medical marijuana. "We're talking about a market that's newly been created that we project to be worth over $8 billion a year".
While weed enthusiasts rejoice, a new administration is sending up smoke signals for cannabis supporters. "This has exceeded the expectations of even the most Pollyanna-ish industry participants". Voters in California, Nevada and MA legalized recreational pot in Tuesday's election. Recreational marijuana is already legal in Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Washington, D.C.
Voters in four states-Arkansas, Florida, Montana, and North Dakota-voted to legalize medical marijuana, making medicinal use of the drug legal in more than half of the states.
CALIFORNIA went green yesterday, when the state voted to completely legalise and regulate the obsession and sale of marijuana.
Pot legalization won in California (Prop 64), Maine (Question 1), Massachusetts (Question 4), and Nevada (Question 2), losing only in Arizona (Prop 205), where a deep-pocketed opposition led by a hostile sitting governor managed to blunt the reform thrust. By 2020, they estimate that it could be worth almost $4 billion.
A marijuana dispensary requres a recommendation letter from a doctor and a medical marijuana card for buyers. One concern is that Trump might make Giuliani attorney general, which oversees drug enforcement, the activists said.
MA voters passed a major ballot question in Tuesday's election.
John Hudak, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who studies marijuana policy, said the Cole memo was instrumental in allowing Colorado and Washington state to set up their recreational-marijuana markets.