This November, residents in a few states will be voting on whether to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use, similar to Colorado and Washington. Voters in Alaska, D.C., Florida, and Oregon will decide the fate of recreational marijuana in their state.
Marijuana legalization is expected to pass into law in all these states. This is because of the many economic and health benefits that – Colorado and Washington have proven – come from the new industry. For instance, marijuana legalization generates millions in tax revenue and creates new jobs. As well, marijuana helps people find natural relief from many health ailments.
Arizona, Nevada and a possibly few other states plan to have marijuana legalization initiatives on their ballots in November 2016.
23 states and the District of Columbia currently have medical marijuana laws implemented. 11 more states have low-level THC medical marijuana laws. Most states that allow medical marijuana tax it through a general sales tax, just as over-the-counter medications are typically taxed.
The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), is a group that lobbies to end the prohibition of marijuana. They have campaigns to legalize marijuana with ballot initiatives in a number of states, including Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada. They are also helping with legislation efforts in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.