A running update on where America landed on legalizing marijuana. Stay tuned for updates.
Oregon OKs Recreational Use of Marijuana:
On Tuesday night, Oregon became the third state to fully legalize pot. The sweeping pro-marijuana legalization allows personal possession, use, manufacture of up to four plants, and sale to those 21 years of age and older. Regulatory control duties will fall on the state’s liquor control agency. Not to long ago in December, Oregon’s legislative revenue office projected that “in fiscal year 2017, the revenue from legal marijuana is expected to be $16.0 million with a lower range of $13.1 million and an upper range of $19.4 million.”
Keep an eye out for government commercials informing you on guidelines for production and sale. As if you didn’t already know the ropes.
Washington, D.C. OKs Recreational Use of Marijuana:
Voters in Washington D.C. approved a similar proposal to Oregon’s — legalizing personal possession of up to 2 ounces of pot and the cultivation of up to six plants. However, while those 21 years of age and older can transfer an ounce to another person of age, the sale of marijuana is still prohibited.
Florida REJECTS Medical:
Florida’s ballot permitting the use of medical marijuana failed to reach the 60 percent mark needed to pass, falling at a narrow 57 percent support from voters. The measure would have allowed doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to patients suffering from debilitating conditions such as cancer, ALS, HIV, AIDS, and multiple sclerosis. The campaign battle surrounding the state measure was one of the most expensive yet, with casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson backing up $5 million in opposition of Amendment 2 — 85 percent of the state’s anti-pot funding.
Guam OKs Medical:
The first results rolled in from Guam, with more than half the vote approving the ballot for legalizing medical pot. This makes Guam the first US territory to make medical weed legal.
The ballot in Alaska is similar to Oregon’s sweeping legalization that would regulate the production, use and sale of marijuana. However, despite Snoop Dogg’s promise to throw a spectacular rager if the state approves the ballot, full legalization in Alaska is a toss up. Since 1975, the state’s Constitution’s right to privacy has protected the use and possession of small amounts of marijuana — making it less likely for those already satisfied with current protections to see a need for full legalization.
[UPDATE] Alasksa OKs Recreational Use of Marijuana:
Measure 2 passed with a narrow majority in Alaska, with 52 percent support. The initiative legalizes personal possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana for adults 21 and older and the cultivation of up to six plants. A system to tax production and sales will be regulated by the state government, with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board supervising. However, the new law allows for the establishment of a Marijuana Control Board — something that will be interesting to see develop in the coming year.
Now, how about that party Snoop Dogg?