After the results of Election day were announced, many citizens were primarily focused on our new President and what is to come. However many of us are thinking of other things besides the presidency and at the top of that list is marijuana legalization. Nine states voted this week to either approve the use of medical marijuana or the use of recreational marijuana; the results were surprisingly in favor of marijuana legalization!
Montana, North Dakota, Arkansas and Florida were all in favor of medical marijuana. Montanans can grow medical marijuana for more than three patients, unannounced inspections by law enforcement of medical marijuana facilities are now forbidden, and physicians can now recommend the plant for sufferers of many more maladies, including chronic pain and PTSD.
The measure in North Dakota will allow people to possess up to 3 ounces of medical marijuana for treatment of up to nearly a dozen medical conditions. Facilities for medical marijuana distribution will be licensed by the state Health Department and operated by nonprofit organizations.
The new amendment in Florida states that patients with illnesses of the “same kind or class as or comparable to” serious illnesses, such as cancer, HIV, post-traumatic stress disorder, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy would be eligible to access medical marijuana. Some 450,000 residents would qualify, according to The News-Press in Fort Myers.
With their approval of Issue 6 in Arkansas, voters will allow patients with a variety of medical conditions and a doctor’s permission to buy marijuana from dispensaries. Patients won’t be allowed to grow their own.
Maine, Massachusetts, California, Nevada all voted in favor of legalizing marijuana for recreational use.
The Marijuana Legalization Act in Maine permits adults who are not participating in the state’s medical cannabis program to legally grow (up to six plants, including all of the harvest from those plants, and/or up to 12 immature plants) and to possess personal use quantities of cannabis (up to two and one-half ounces of herbal cannabis) while also licensing commercial cannabis production and retail sales.
The law in Massachusetts, passed as a ballot measure known as Question 4, would allow people 21 years and older to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana outside their residence and possess up to 10 ounces inside the residence.
Proposition 64 would allow Californians who are 21 and older to possess, transport, buy and use up to an ounce of cannabis for recreational purposes and allow individuals to grow as many as six plants.
Question 2 in Nevada permits adults who are not participating in the state’s medical cannabis program to legally grow (up to six plants, including all of the harvest from those plants) and to possess personal use quantities of cannabis (up to one ounce of flower and/or up to 3.5 grams of concentrates) while also licensing commercial cannabis production and retail sales. Home cultivation is not permitted if one’s residence is within 25 miles of an operating marijuana retailer.
Congratulations to all nine states for making progressive moves and allowing citizens to enjoy Cannabis, either recreational, or medically.