Three of them have already confirmed it definitively, another is in progress
Three states in the United States: New Jersey, Arizona, and Montana, have approved full legalization of cannabis. Another state, South Dakota, is on track to secure similar approval in the coming hours. In Mississippi, the medical cannabis bill has been approved. Four referendums on the question of legalization took place in 4 states in the United States. A historic day in the struggle to regulate the cannabis market and end the persecution of users.
So, since 2012, legalization has been approved in 14 US states and in the next few hours the number could increase to 15. In addition, Oregon residents voted for the non-incrimination of all drugs, as well as for the regulation of medical treatment using "magic mushrooms" (psilocybin). The capital Washington DC has approved the non-incrimination of psychedelics.
New Jersey for legalization
New Jersey approved the legalization bill with a large majority, 67% to 33% against. The new law will allow for the establishment of a legal and regulated cannabis market as well as the possession of cannabis for personal use by adults (21 years and over). Cannabis products will be taxed at a very low rate, amounting to just 6,625%, although local authorities may add up to an additional 2%. This figure is significantly lower than a tax of up to 30% and more on the legal cannabis market in other countries. The goal: to keep prices low in order to be competitive on the black market. The law is expected to significantly bolster the state's economy given its proximity to New York and Pennsylvania, which have yet to approve legalization laws.
Arizona confirms legalization
Arizona residents overwhelmingly approved the legalization bill, 60% support to 40% opposition. The new law will allow the sale and possession of cannabis for use by adults (aged 21 and over) up to 28 grams (ounce), up to five grams of THC extract and up to 6 plants of cannabis at home. The law will allow a request to be made to cancel a criminal record for cannabis-related offenses. In doing so, Arizona is “leaping” from illegality to full legalization, without a model of non-discrimination in the middle.
Montana approves legalization
Montana also passed full cannabis legalization, with 58% in favor. Residents will be allowed to keep up to 4 mature cannabis plants and up to 4 small plants at home, and of course to buy cannabis legally from stores you open.
South Dakota is close to legalization!
Even in South Dakota, one of the most conservative states in the United States, the legalization leaders are leading as early as 6:30 a.m. 52% of voters voted for legalization against 48% against. So far around 70% of the votes have been counted. At this hour, an overwhelming 68% for, emerges
Mississippi: majority for medical cannabis
Mississippi, also one of the most conservative in the United States, overwhelmingly approved a bill to establish a legal medical cannabis industry (not for full legalization), with nearly 70% of the vote in favor. and 30% against medical cannabis.
|For Either 65 or 65A||81,122||68.16%|
|Against Both 65 and 65A||37,892||31.84%|
What Conditions Qualify For Medical Marijuana?
Initiative 65 includes a list of 22 medical conditions eligible for treatment with medical cannabis. Those are:
- epilepsy or other seizure disorder
- Parkinson's disease
- Huntington's disease
- muscular dystrophy
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- HIV / AIDS
- chronic or debilitating pain
- amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- agitation of dementias
- Crohn's disease
- ulcerative colitis
- sickle cell anemia
- autism with aggressive or self-injurious behaviors
- pain refractory to appropriate opioid management
- spinal cord disease or serious injury
- intractable nausea
- severe muscle spasticity
- any medical condition for which a physician believes that the benefits of using marijuana for medical purposes would reasonably outweigh the potential health risks
The amendment to legalize cannabis for adults will take place on January 1, 2021; However, experts predict that it will be at least a year before cannabis intended for adults is ready for sale. Lawmakers are now responsible for determining how the program is delivered, including restrictions and regulations, and an authorization process. Officials must also create and appoint members of the state Cannabis Regulatory Commission.
Industry members predict that legalization in these states may also influence legalization in neighboring states and across the country.