The list of states that have legalized marijuana will be expanded by five other states this November. The Secretary of Arizona, Michele Reagan, has certified an initiative for legalizing marijuana to appear on the November ballot. It has set the stage for the national election that will have the matter presented directly to the voters of five states. Four American states have already allowed the legal use of marijuana at the ballot box. But together they have the population of not more than 17 million people. It makes it possible for California to more than double that figure. In case all the five states vote for pot legalization on November 9, almost a quarter of the nation will be under marijuana legalization. And that is not mentioning the states with medical marijuana. So, here are five states and their initiatives for marijuana legalization.
1. Arizona. The initiative will permit people aged 21 and over to possess an ounce of weed and grow six plants in a locked place within their places of living. There will be a 15% retail excise tax. 80% of revenues is intended for schools and 20%—for marijuana abuse education. The existing penalties will not be removed.
2. California. Just like in Arizona, people over 21 will be permitted to possess an ounce of marijuana and cultivate six cannabis plants. More than that, the new law is going to allow unregulated gifting of a quarter-ounce of cannabis. Additionally, the government is going to allow licensed on-site marijuana consumption, or the so-called “cannabis cafes.” The measure will impose a 15% retail sales and a $9.25 cultivation tax per ounce of weed. The majority of criminal offenses will be reduced to misdemeanors.
3. Maine. Very soon, adult people will be able to keep two and a half ounces of weed and grow six flowering and 12 immature plants. The retail tax will be 10%.
4. Massachusetts. Adults over 21 will be able to possess a maximum of one ounce of weed in public and 10 ounces at their own residences. Besides, growers will have the possibility to cultivate six plants and possess the yield.
5. Nevada. Residents aged 21 and over will have the following right: to grow six plants of weed if they live 25 miles and more from a retail marijuana store.