Thursday October 29, 2015

By Abby Hutmacher

Marijuana on the Ballot, Part 1 News

Marijuana reform is gaining momentum. In addition to the 23 states that have some sort of marijuana regulation in place, many more are signing up to have their pro-pot stance appear on the 2016 ballot.  Here are just a few states looking to get cannabis on the ballot and what you can do to help make it happen. Stay tuned for more...

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Arizona

  • Industrial Hemp Farming Initiative

    Set in action by the non-profit group Hemp Our World, the Arizona Industrial Hemp Farming initiative is a tentative ballot measure that would establish an industrial hemp committee to regulate the farming of industrial hemp.

  • Marijuana Legalization Initiative

    This initiative would regulate and tax recreational marijuana sales within the state of Arizona. In order to reach the 2016 ballot, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol (sponsored by the Marijuana Policy Project) must collect a total of 230,000 signatures. They have collected 70,000 thus far.

Arkansas

  • Hemp and Marijuana Legalization Amendment

    This citizen-initiated constitutional amendment would regulate the cultivation, production, sale and use of any part of the cannabis plant for anyone 21 years old and older. The Petition can be signed through Arkansas C.A.L.M, sponsor of the amendment.

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California

  • Cannabis Legalization Initiative

    The Cannabis Legalization Initiative would regulate marijuana use and sale for those over the age of 21 and free non-violent marijuana offenders of any wrongdoing based on regulations set forth by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. At least 365,880 signatures must be collected by January 4, 2016 to be on the ballot.

  • Medical Marijuana Access Initiative

    This publically-backed proposal to amend the constitution would bar state and local officials from restricting access to medical marijuana including a doctor’s ability to make marijuana recommendations. 585,407 signatures are required by December 16, 2015 in order for the Medical Marijuana Access Initiative (also known as the Compassionate and Sensible Access Act) to land on the 2016 ballot.

Florida

  • Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative

    This publically-supported move to amend the constitution would make it legal for patients with debilitating medical conditions to acquire and consume cannabis. This is the second time this initiative has made its way onto a Florida ballot having only narrowly missed the 60% minimum support needed for approval. In order to appear on the ballot, United for Care must receive almost 700,000 signatures.

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Georgia

  • Marijuana Legalization Amendment

    The initiative, proposed by legislation, aims to regulate marijuana production and sales to anyone over 21 years old. Tax revenue gathered from cannabis sales would help fund regulation, education and transportation. In order to pass, the initiative must receive two-thirds support from both chambers of the Georgia government.

Idaho

  • Medical Marijuana Initiative

    This state statute, sponsored by New Approach Idaho, would legalize marijuana for anyone over the age of 21 within the state. In order to make the 2016 ballot, a total of 6% of registered voters must sign the petition in all 18 regions.

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Maine

  • Legalize Marijuana Initiative

    Upon voter approval, this home-grown initiative would regulate marijuana legal for anyone 21 years old and. The petition, sponsored by Legalize Maine, must collect 61,123 signatures (10% of the voting population) to make it onto the ballot.

Massachusetts


Marijuana can heal our nation, relieve people of unforgiving pain, free those who have been caught in the system and stimulate our struggling economy. You, too, can support the marijuana movement by getting involved with local marijuana organizations, signing petitions and sharing your support on social media.

Will your state have marijuana on the 2016 ballot?

Photo Credit: Minnesota NORML (license)


Abby Hutmacher Abby Hutmacher

Abby is a writer and founder of Cannabis Content, a marketplace designed to connect cannabis writers and creatives with businesses in the industry. She has been a professional cannabis writer since 2014 and regularly contributes to publications such as PotGuide and M&F Talent. She is also the Content Director at Fortuna Hemp, America’s leading feminized hemp seed bank. Follow Abby on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin.



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