From medical marijuana to recreational use and home grow — cannabis may have been the biggest winner of all this past election, chosen by five sovereign electorates for at least partial legalization.
Cannabis may have been the biggest winner of all this past election, chosen by five sovereign electorates for at least partial legalization.
Now, more than 1 in 3 Americans will live in states where marijuana is legal for adult use.
Arizona, Montana, South Dakota and New Jersey voted to pass recreational, making loud, clear statements against Prohibitionist models and creating fresh opportunities for lagging economies.
That’s 15 states total for recreational use, leading experts to predict $19 billion in cannabis sales this year, $24 billion by 2021 and $45 billion by 2025.
Curious about the details? Check out specifics on all the strides made around the country this election season.
While the new law does not go into effect until January 1 and many details still need to be fleshed out, New Jersey overwhelmingly voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana.
Arizona was a big winner on many fronts and the state moves from some of the strictest prohibition laws to some of the best! Recreational use is now legal with adults 21+ allowed to have 1 ounce of herb. Home grow advocates also gained a win as people are now allowed to grow six plants at home.
Medical marijuana dispensaries in Arizona will see a benefit as well as they may be allowed to open up sales to include recreational use as early as March. Last, but not least, the new law allows people convicted of certain marijuana crimes to have their records cleared by the courts.
Both recreational and medical marijuana users will benefit from the newly passed measures in South Dakota. Recreational marijuana is now legal with adults 21+ able to possess and distribute up to one ounce. Medical marijuana card holders are able to possess up to three ounces. Adults are also allowed to grow up to three plants at home.
Mississippi overwhelmingly green-lit medical marijuana with nearly 75 percent of voters voting for legalization. The new law allows doctors to prescribe medical marijuana for 22 health conditions, including cancer, epilepsy, HIV, Parkinson’s disease and more.
Recreational use wins in Montana with two marijuana-related measures passing. Adults 21+ will be allowed to use and possess up to one ounce of weed. They will also be able to grow weed at home, though details on the limits of that are not set. In addition, similar to Arizona, people with marijuana related records are now eligible to seek resentencing or expungement.
While both recreational and medical marijuana were already legal, Oregon made big strides last week as it legalized the use of psychedelic mushrooms as well as decriminalized small amounts of other illegal drugs, including cocaine, heroin, oxycodone and methamphetamine. Those offenses will now be classified as a civil violation with a $100 fine.
On the other side of the country, voters in the capitol passed an initiative that will decriminalize the use of magic mushrooms and other psychedelic substances.
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