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Which States Are Voting On Marijuana Reform In November 2016?


Follow Live Updates from TWB on the marijuana legalization happening in these states right now and which states are voting on marijuana (Updated: Nov 8th, 10:08PM EST)

FloridaMassachusettsNorth DakotaMaineArkansas, Montana, Arizona, Nevada, California.

With the election rapidly approaching, the states voting on marijuana reform are now clear.

Whether states are voting on marijuana reform, medical or recreational, any success in these states would be a win for ending marijuana prohibition and the failed drug war.

What states are voting on marijuana?


California has a long history of voting on marijuana reform. The latest measure, Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), legalizes:

  • the possession of 1 ounce of marijuana flower, or up to 8 grams of cannabis concentrates for those 21 years and older,
  • the cultivation of up to 6 plants, 
  • the industrial cultivation of hemp,
  • a taxed and regulated system for a recreational marijuana industry.

California’s recreational marijuana law is intricate. It outlines marketing restrictions to minors, allows local tax rates and limitations on commercial marijuana operators to be in the hands of local counties and municipalities, and several other stipulations.

It also creates systems for reducing sentences and expunging past marijuana convictions.

Tax resources are allocated toward environmental protection and remediation, youth substance abuse prevention, medical marijuana research and local governments.

The measure is backed by Let’s Get it Right CA, Governor Gavin Newsom, the ACLU, NAACP, Drug Policy Alliance, Students for a Sensible Drug Policy, NORML and Marijuana Policy Project.


Nevada votes on recreational marijuana legalization in November. The stated passed medical marijuana in 2000. For residents 21 years and older, the initiative would legalize:

  • possession of 1 ounce of marijuana,
  • a taxed and regulated recreational cannabis industry with tax revenue supporting K-12 education,
  • and includes a clause that allows anyone who does not live within 25 miles of a marijuana store to grow up to 6 marijuana plants.

The initiative outlines that funds from industry taxes be allocated to schools and the regulatory structure. The Nevada Department of Taxation will oversee the licensing of marijuana retails stores, and marijuana cultivation, manufacturing and testing.


The initiative in Maine aims to legalize recreational marijuana for residents 21 years and older and creates a taxed and regulated recreational cannabis industry. It legalizes:

  • the possession of up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana,
  • the possession, cultivation and transportation of up to 6 flowering marijuana plants, 12 immature marijuana plants and unlimited seedlings, and possession of all the marijuana produced by the marijuana plants at that person’s residence.

Maine’s Question 1 places the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to regulate and control the cultivation, manufacture, distribution and sale of marijuana.

The Marijuana Legalization Act is supported by the Legalize Maine group.


The Legalization and Regulation of Marijuana Act, or Proposition 205, will be on the ballot in Arizona this November. Medical marijuana is already available for almost 100,000 cardholders, however, recreational marijuana possession still faces legal charges. For residents 21 years and older, the initiative legalizes:

  • the possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana,
  • a taxed and regulated recreational cannabis industry,
  • adults to grow up to 6 marijuana plants in an enclosed, locked space within their residences and possess the marijuana produced by those plants in the location where it was grown. A limit of the total marijuana plants grown in a single residence is limited at 12.

It also creates a new agency called the Department of Marijuana Licenses and Control to oversee the legal marijuana industry.

Taxes would be set at 15% and those collected from Proposition 205 would be allocated to school construction, full-day kindergarten programs, public drug education and more.


The Question 4 initiative to regulate and tax marijuana for recreational use for adults 21 years and up, like alcohol, will be on the November ballot. The initiative legalizes:

  • possession up to 1 ounce of marijuana outside of an individual’s residence,
  • possession of up to 10 ounces of marijuana in an enclosed, locked space within their residences,
  • growing up to 6 marijuana plants in an enclosed, locked space within their residences and possess the marijuana produced by those plants in the location where it was grown. No more than 12 total marijuana plants can be grown in a single residence.

This bill creates a new Cannabis Control Commission to oversee all government regulation of marijuana in the state. It also places a tax on sales that pay for regulatory structure and any remainder is added to the Massachusetts’ General Fund.


Florida will be voting on medical marijuana for the second election cycle in a row. Florida saw medical marijuana narrowly defeated (2 percent) in 2014. The 2016 Amendment 2 initiative legalizes and states:

  • the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating medical conditions as determined by a licensed Florida physician,
  • allows caregivers to assist patients’ medical use of marijuana,
  • and that the Department of Health shall register and regulate centers that produce and distribute marijuana for medical purposes and shall issue identification cards to patients and caregivers.


Arkansas has an interesting ballot when it comes to voting on marijuana reform. There are two competing proposals: the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act (Issue 7) and the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment (Issue 6).

Issue 6 would make a repeal of the law impossible as it is a state constitution amendment. It would legalized doctor-approved medical cannabis treatments for patients. Unfortunately this measure would place the program under the control of Arkansas’ Alcoholic Beverage Control, as well as, a new medical marijuana commission. 

Issue 7 also allows doctor-approved medical cannabis treatment through nonprofit compassion centers. It also allows patients to grow their own marijuana at home if they live too far away from a center. This program would be oversee by the Department of Health.


Montana is voting to reinstate its medical marijuana laws through I-182. The initiative allows patients to access and use marijuana for several debilitating illnesses.

Medical marijuana was originally made legal in 2004 in the state. However, legislative restrictions made the law nearly impossible to work.

North Dakota

The initiative would make it legal for North Dakota residents who suffer from one of several debilitating illnesses to use marijuana with a doctor’s permission. They could possess up to 3 ounces of marijuana for medical purposes from either a state-licensed dispensary or a personally grown supply.

The state Health Department says the program would cost more than $3.5 million a year to operate.

If you’re looking for more information on what’s happening with marijuana reform and policy, we recommend checking out this great interactive and informational post from the Drug Policy Alliance!


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  1. I wish and hope that mmj will be legalized for medical purposes in South Carolina! I’m in consant pain due to being in a almost deadly car wreck which I was not the driver! It helps me not feel the hurt!

  2. As a lecturer on “problems in philosophy” it is agreed amongst the VAST majority of Academia that as free people we one ought to be free to put whatever he or she wants into their body.. We are not property of the state or property of the federal government.. On the point of “acceptable medical use” cocaine I believe is still schedule 2 so it has some purpose according to Fed? How about Opiate painkillers on schedule 2 and 3? The HHS and officials say Cannibas, it’s really about “safe medical use” and it’s not? What a moron… Anyone with education, direct experience, and intelligence can easily argue that the officials logic was to avoid a horrible loss of credibility… Let’s look at this … Oxycodone is dangerously biochemically addictive.. Everyone becomes addictive if prescribed long term.. Secondly, it’s safety is certainly not a virtue in its medical use.. And finally… It absolutely irrefutably has accepted medical use for a long long list of mental, physical, and emotional maladies… Oxycodone.. Is like heroin… And a sweeping epidemic of addiction is attributed to it… Let’s find the data that comes from rehab facilities… opiates, alcohol, benzodiazepines account for nearly the whole population of addicts desperate for help to get off the unforbidden substances prescribed in medical necessity in exchange for high risk life taking and life wrecking consequences… The 3 criteria requirement to be classified as schedule 1 was ignored and brushed over to the “safe medical use” is clearly because “high potential for abuse” and “no accepted medical use” is because the biggest pharma money makers fall into that category… Opiate painkillers… Benzos… Alcohol? The king of all drugs… Well, the prohibition nearly dropped our nation to their knees… Crime was the only notable result… So here we are… Poor Cannibas.. The DEA won’t declassify CBD because HHS chief scientist clearly is too dense to realize that Cannibas with nominal THCa and high CBD is not psychoactive thus not being able to produce a high.. Psychedelics now? LSD? Well maybe if HHS dosed themselves with a substance so high on the safety scale, with no risk to their brains or body, the would achieve enlightenment and kick the pharma lobbies and fuddy duddies in the asshole on the way to the unemployment lines filled with highly educated and moral qualified job seekers unable to obtain a job because they have a felony or misdemeanor that happened to be Cannibas related and nobody will hire them….. Legalize it you pathetically embarrassing Federal goon squad… And please… Leave nothing to pharma and doctors on the side of doing the right thing for us free people… Take pot off the list so you can focus manpower and legislation for reclassification of the big pharma poisons behind my local pharmacy counter…

  3. Leave it to the pharmaceutical companies and the doctors? U must be one of those kind with a closed mind and closed eyes. It’s a person’s God given right to seek alternative methods of treatment and remedies such as cannabis. I challenge u to maybe seek some enlightenment from an obscure manual called the “American Pharmacopoeia”. This manual is basically a list of all of the drugs that are recognized by the medical community. This book was started around 1850 and for almost 75 years, cannabis was mentioned as a known beneficial drug. Then it completely disappeared from its pages in 1936, about the same time Harry Anslinger pleaded his case to congress that “marajuana” caused black men to rape white women and other blatant lies and falsehoods. We could all still be reaping the wonderful benefits of cannabis. There is no doubt in my mind that we would also be healthier as a nation because of a better option than the poison the big pharmaceutical companies are pushing down sheeples throats. The idea that cannabis is a dangerous drug is totally unfounded and non sense. Before u demonize and persecute something that u obviously don’t understand, I encourage u to do the research Mr. Douche.

  4. Jennifer Moore on

    For get about the states the federal government needs to declassifie it…I am living proof that it has so many medical benefits…and many many other people..I am tired of people who think it is only about a buzz…it helps me live…do you hear that people LIVE!!!and I should have every right as the next person to do that…

  5. I was against Marijuana..for many years. .my husband however used it…I now have used it for medical reasons for 3 years…I am off of pain meds for my back,and my back pain was real from 3 herniated discs…I have is and using mmj.I do not suffer any longer…I have liver disease and arthritis due to it and had no pain…now to get my medicine to get rid of my liver disease I am not allowed to use my mmj…since being off for 3 months I have contin

  6. Instead of legalizing dangerous substances, we should be outlawing ALL dangerous substances. Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana even Coffee should be outlawed as dangerous and addictive. Leave it to the pharmaceutical companies and doctors to decide for us what is best!

  7. Donald T. Petrus, Jr. on

    I Believe, BELL-EVE, that with the tobacco product having as much acceptability and availability which it does that there isn’t Any type of a good reason that cannabis is an illegal product, yet, there are typically vending machines in the back of a Pub where a person can choose which one of 30 different types of nicotine products that they wish to purchase!!! HUH? Neither product is healthy for a person, Any Person, yet the tobacco product is a so very acceptable one.. It’s hard for me to Understand why a nicotine product which is Very Addictive is perfectly acceptable, yet a T.H.C. based product is still so very easily able to acquire that product.. It can easily be acquired from the dishwasher at a T.G.I.Fridays! HUH? C’mon Uncle Sam, please put some Visine in your Red-Eye and Puff, Puff, Pass a dime to me please?? Uncle Sam, Please get your Dick Out Of Your Hands!! PLEASE??

  8. Closet Warrior on

    You have that famous Indiana Bubblegum to make things a little better, I have some finishing off right now. I live in a he’ll hole too, we’ll prevail eventually.

  9. michael_ellis on

    Air-dropping 100,000 joints on a few NASCAR races might be a good start :-)

  10. Loetta McKee on

    I guess living in Indiana is going to be the last state to get out of the dark ages. We don’t even have a glimmer of hope.

  11. Pulling for Arkansas. I feel good about this year nationwide, because I think Trump voters are rebels seeking real change. We already know the majority of liberals support it. Things are looking up.

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