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How Many States Have Recreational Marijuana on the Ballot?

Several states have recreational marijuana use on the ballot. As it stands now, 12 states have proposed that they follow  Colorado and Washington State’s lead and legalize recreational use of Marijuana.  Medical marijuana is on the table in 16 states.

Proposed recreational use states

Alaska, Arizona, Oregon, New Mexico, Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC. Two states, Ohio and Missouri have both Medical Marijuana and Recreational use in proposed bills/initiatives in 2014.

Image from Isaac Reese via Reason.com.

Image from Isaac Reese via Reason.com.

The states plan to add it to the ballot or clear it through the state capitols. Five states may decriminalize possession, replacing criminal penalties with civil fines.

When United States Attorney General Eric Holder announced that a new federal policy was in the works to make it easier for businesses who sell marijuana to deal with federal banks new doors swung open. As it stands now, medical marijuana is legal in 20 states and Washington, D.C., while recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado and Washington.

Legalization efforts and ballots are making real progress in a number of states including New York, Tennessee, Florida, Arizona, Kentucky, Maryland, New Hampshire and Alaska.

Marijuana is classified under federal law as an illegal drug with no medical value, but 21 states and Washington, DC, have rules that allow medical marijuana. Two states, Colorado and Washington, have legalized it for recreational use as well. A recent WSJ/NBC poll showed that 55% of adults across the country think marijuana should be legalized and sold by a regulated business.

“Looking out to 2016, if Oregon does not vote to legalize marijuana this time around, it’ll be on the ballot with California, Massachusetts, and Maine,” St Pierre said. “Those are all states that are primed for the initial process to legalize.”

Hungarian-American billionaire and philanthropist George Soros is a major proponent of the legalization of Marijuana.

Through a network of nonprofit groups, Mr. Soros has spent at least $80 million on the legalization effort since 1994, when he diverted a portion of his foundation’s funds to organizations exploring alternative drug policies, according to tax filings,” Riddell wrote.

Do you feel marijuana legalization is good for America? Why or why not?

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  • Mary Burk

    I have no issues with Marijuana being legalized for Recreational Use in Arizona or any other state. Marijuana is a safe drug than Nicotine or Alcohol. Yet both are legal to use after turn of a certain age. If Marijuana were legalized and taxed just as with Alcohol and Cigarettes the Money could be put back into our communities! Generally People who do use Marijuana are NOT violent people, they are generally Fairly calm, and relaxed. They don’t tend to argue with anyone or go out looking for trouble. Treat it just as you would Alcohol. No smoking while driving, No driving after smoking, No smoking in Public, Same fines and what not as they do with Drinking and driving. There would be less crime, Less smuggling, Less people in jail for US to support!! People are going to smoke it weather it is legal or not. Just as with the prohibition people Still found a way to get alcohol and Still drank even though it was legal, and Drinking is by far much worse on ones body then Edibles, Drops or just smoking. Have you ever watched someone Die from Sclerosis of the liver It is a horrible, painful death and heart breaking to watch. However there are no proven facts to linking marijuana to Medical causes of Death. SO I Say Just legalize it and get it over with.

  • fattech

    I reject the notion that government is in any way empowered to control
    the consumptive choices of Free People. Paying for permission through
    taxation to entities illegitimately claiming the authority to regulate a
    plant is absurd.

  • SuperSluth

    Legalization puts the money in business folks and government pockets instead of the drug cartels. Thervis no problem getting marijauna now. It should at least be obtainable from a legal seller rather than the criminal element.