Marijuana Legalization 2016: Which States Will Consider Cannabis This Year?

GettyImages-105204000 Advocates have also proposed similar laws with the Massachusetts Marijuana Legalization Initiative , which may appear on the 2016 ballot.Cannabis is legal in the state only formedicinal use. Michigan — Advocates of legal pot are seeking to place a recreational marijuana legalization initiative on the 2016 ballot. Under the measure, adults age 21 and over would be allowed to possess and use cannabis and to own 12 marijuana plants. The cannabis reform committee will need signatures from 250,000 registered voters to earn it a spot onthe November 2016 ballot.”We intend to save the state and local government about $300 million a year they spend on cannabis prohibition,” said Jeffrey Hank, chairman of the Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform .”And raise an additional $100 to $200 million in additional revenue and create [as many as] 25,000 jobs.” Missouri –One group, New Approach Missouri , has filed a petitionwith the secretary of state’s officeto legalize cannabis for medical purposes.To get onthe ballot, around 160,000 signatures from registered voters will be needed. Nevada –TheNevada MarijuanaLegalization Initiative is on the Nov. 8 ballot. Advocates are proposing that cannabis be regulated like alcohol in an initiative that would legalizemarijuanapossession and sale for recreational use. Voters will have the opportunity to end marijuana prohibition next year and replace it with a policy that actually makes sense, said Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, in a news release . Rhode Island –Abillto legalize marijuana, introduced last January,will likely be considered in 2016. The Marijuana Regulation, Control and Taxation Act would legalize pot entirely.

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