California, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts voted to legalise marijuana! Or time to make this a global norm (you listening Theresa?)….
On November 8, another four states voted in favour of outright marijuana legalization: California, Nevada, Maine, and Massachusetts all voted in favour of legalized use, sale, and consumption of recreational marijuana.
Most significantly, California voted overwhelmingly in favour of legislation making marijuana legal, on Proposition 64 — thus making the entire West Coast a legal enclave for recreational marijuana.
In Massachusetts on November 8, voters chose yes on Question 4 — a bill to legalize the recreational use, possession, cultivation, and sale of marijuana. The bill calls for regulation along the lines of alcohol. A majority of voters supported the measure — 54% yes to 46% no. The bill legalizes recreational marijuana starting on December 15.
In California on November 8, voters chose yes on Proposition 64 — a bill to legalize the recreational use, possession, cultivation, and sale of marijuana. Legalization is limited to people over age 21. California’s Proposition 64 was the most important of all the legalization initiatives on the ballot this November. With the passing of Proposition 64, the entire West Coast of the US has legalized recreational and medicinal marijuana use. California’s initiative is unique in that it rolls back the sentences of thousands of people who’ve been convicted on charges related to marijuana.
Proposition 64 passed with 56% voting yes to 44% voting no. As of 12:01 a.m. on November 9, marijuana use is fully legal in California. There’s a $100 fine for smoking in public, and driving under the influence of marijuana remains illegal. California residents are allowed to grow up to six plants in their homes, and recreational sales from shops will become legal on January 1, 2018.
In Nevada on November 8, voters chose yes on Question 2 — a bill to legalize the recreational use, possession, cultivation, and sale of marijuana. Legalization is limited to people over 21. Question 2 also passed with 54% of voters saying yes to 46% saying no. As of January 1, 2018, Nevada residents are legally allowed to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana. Only licensed medical marijuana dispensaries are allowed to apply for licenses for recreational sales.
In Maine on November 8, voters chose yes on Question 1 — a bill to legalize the recreational use, possession, cultivation, and sale of marijuana to adults over 21. Maine already allows medicinal marijuana use. Question 1 passed, but just barely — a few thousand votes pushed the initiative into legislation. Many publications were still undecided on who won as of November 9; Maine newspaper The Bangor Daily News declared a win for pro-legalization folks, and the against side accepted defeat in the piece.
So to the enlightened Americans who voted in favour well done and enjoy the weed. And for the rest of us we need to make the most of the momentum and push our own deaf politicians to make the change……..