The Road to Legalization in 2016

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on February 15, 2015 · 0 comments

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Politicians and voters in California already have their eyes on 2016—not for the Presidential race, but for the bid to get marijuana legalized for recreational use in California. Although California does not specifically have any marijuana reform legislation coming up—Assembly Bill 2312 that would have taxed and regulated marijuana statewide died at the end of the summer—several votes around the country have time to shift the landscape before a 2016 vote in California.

Here are the races to watch this fall:

  • Alaska: Alaska has already decided that our constitutional “right to privacy” includes the right to grow and use marijuana in your home. Ballot Measure 2, however, aims to take that idea a step further by legalizing  retail marijuana sales and give the state to regulate and tax those sales.
  • Oregon: Oregon first decriminalized marijuana in 1973, but efforts to make it legal for recreational use failed as recently as 2012 with a 56% to 44% vote. Measure 91 will control, regulate and tax marijuana and make it available for sale to adults over the age of 18.
  • Washington, D.C.: In D.C., “soft legalization” is on the ballot in a measure that would allow individuals to possess 2 ounces and cultivate up to 6 plants at home. Early numbers indicate that D.C. residents support Initiative 71 2-to1.
  • Florida: Florida has medical marijuana up for a vote this November. Amendment 2 would give Florida residents the right to use medical marijuana, protect doctors  who recommend medical marijuana from prosecution by law enforcement, and protect registered medical marijuana treatment centers from criminal sanctions under state law.

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