On Tuesday Americans will vote the lesser of two evils under the guise of freedom. Me? I’m a libertarian. I vote for weed.
Nine states have marijuana laws on the ballot. From loosened medical regulations to recreational weed, 2016 is shaping up to be a game changer for our industry.
Arizona Boston, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada all vote on recreational cannabis. California’s Proposition 64, also known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) is the biggest game changer. It permits adults 21 and older to consume, possess up to an ounce and allows home grows up to six plants. If Prop 64 passes, industry experts say it’ll be the tipping point for legal weed everywhere.
Arkansas, Floria and North Dakota have medical measures pending. Arkansas has two measures on the ballot, with differences on the number or stores and distributors. Also, Florida’s Amendment 2 allows the Department of Health to regulate medical marijuana. Typically conservative North Dakota introduced the Compassionate Care Act. It allows patients possession up to three ounces. In addition, patients who live 40 miles away from a dispensary may grow up to eight plants.
Finally, I-182 will rename the Montana Marijuana Act to the Montana Medical Marijuana Act. The law removes restrictions on number of patients per grower, provides medical access to Veterans and allows product testing.
No matter who wins the presidential race, the bi-partisan vote is for weed.