These Are The States That Legalized Weed

Eight states, including California, decided to pass measures legalizing recreational or medical marijuana. Arizona was the only state that voted against legalizing the recreational use of pot.

Ahead, check out where weed is now legal.

This article was originally published on November 8, 2016.

Before long, you might be able to legally purchase some pot in five new states just because you want a chill night at home with friends. And in four additional states, you might be able to qualify for medical marijuana if you have certain conditions.

Residents of Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada will decide if they want to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Meanwhile, Arkansas, Florida, and North Dakota will decide if the use of marijuana for medical purposes will be decriminalized.

If the recreational marijuana measure passes in California — which is the most populous state in the country and also the sixth biggest economy in the world — it could help push legalization at a national level.

In the U.S., the use of pot (for recreational and medical purposes) is already legal in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and in the District of Columbia. In 20 additional states, medical marijuana can be obtained with a doctor's prescription.

The legalization of recreational pot could provide a huge economic boost for the states that have the measure in their ballots. According to the Marijuana Policy Project, an organization devoted to policy reform on pot, Colorado collected more than $135 million from the taxes and fees paid by marijuana businesses last year. Recreational use of pot has been legal there since 2012.

When it comes to medical marijuana, between 60% and 89% of Americans support its use, the Marijuana Policy Project reports.

Ahead, find out which states will be voting on which measures.

Editor's Note: This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

California
Result: Voted yes on recreational marijuana

Voters decided to pass a new state statute legalizing recreational marijuana last night. Californians 21 and older will be able to grow up to six plants at home and possess up to 28.5 grams of marijuana. All taxes on pot (cultivation tax and retail sales tax) will be deposited into the state’s Marijuana Tax Fund. This is the most significant marijuana vote in the country, given the state is the most populous and is the world's sixth-largest economy.
North Dakota
Result: Voted yes on medical marijuana

Voters last night passed by a huge majority a new state statute legalizing medical marijuana. The initiative will let residents who suffer from debilitating illnesses use pot with a doctor’s permission. Both patients and caregivers will require registry identification cards, and caregivers can only treat up to five patients. Patients can get up to three ounces for medical purposes acquired at a state-licensed dispensary, or grown at home if they live more than 40 miles away from the nearest registered facility.
Florida
Result: Voted yes on medical marijuana

Voters overwhelmingly passed a new constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana (it was already legal for patients to use non-smoked, low-THC marijuana since January 2015). The measure permits the use of weed to treat non-terminal patients suffering from debilitating conditions such as cancer, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, glaucoma, AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder, multiple sclerosis, and more.
Arizona
Result: Voted no on recreational marijuana

Voters decided not to pass a new state statute legalizing recreational marijuana (medical marijuana has been legal here since 1996). The initiative would have let adults 21 years or older buy and possess up to an ounce of weed, and would have permitted people to grow up to six plants at home. It would also have established a department to regulate marijuana similarly to how alcohol is regulated, and levy a 15% tax on weed sales.
Massachusetts
Result: Voted yes on recreational marijuana

Voters last night passed a new state statute legalizing recreational marijuana (medical marijuana was legalized here in 2012). Massachusetts residents who are 21 years and older will be able to have under an ounce of marijuana in public, under 10 ounces at home, and grow six plants at home. Pot sales will be taxed at 3.75%, on top of the state’s sales tax. A commission will be created to regulate the use of recreational weed.
Nevada
Result: Voted yes on recreational marijuana

Voters last night passed a new state statute legalizing recreational marijuana (medical marijuana was legalized here in 2000). Nevadans who are 21 years and older will be able to possess up to an ounce of pot and grow up to six plants for personal use; marijuana sales will be taxed at 15%. For the first 18 months, only businesses that are already certified to sell medical marijuana will be able to apply for a recreational weed license.
Arkansas
Result: Voted yes on medical marijuana

Voters passed a constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana. It makes legal the cultivation and distribution of medical marijuana by nonprofit cannabis centers, and the cultivation of plants by qualifying patients if they live more than 20 miles away from the closest cannabis center and obtain the required permission from the Department of Health.
Maine
Result: Voted yes on recreational marijuana

Voters decided to pass a new state statute legalizing recreational marijuana (medical marijuana has been legal here since 1999). Maine residents who are 21 years and older will be able to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and grow up to six flowering marijuana plants. The sales tax will be 10% on retail marijuana.
Montana
Result: Voted yes on medical marijuana

Voters decided to strike down the restrictions on medical cannabis, in effect since 2011, that banned ads for medical marijuana, limited dispensaries to three users, and flagged doctors for review if they prescribed pot to more than 25 patients per year. Medical marijuana was legalized here in 2004.
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