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.
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.
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