It’s Official: These 5 States Will Vote on Cannabis Legalization in November

By Phillip Smith, StoptheDrugWar.org

Vote on Cannabis LegalizationArizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan last week certified a marijuana legalization initiative for the November ballot, setting the stage for a national election that will see the issue go directly to the voters in five states, including California, the nation’s most populous.

Four states have already legalized marijuana at the ballot box, Colorado and Washington in 2012 and Alaska and Oregon in 2014. The District of Columbia also legalized marijuana—but not commercial sales—in 2014.

But those states combined only have a population of about 17 million people. Winning California alone would more than double that figure and winning all five states would triple it. If all five states vote for pot, we could wake up on November 9 with nearly a quarter of the nation living under marijuana legalization.

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Maine: Initiative to Legalize Cannabis Announced

The political action committee Legalize Maine plans to unveil an initiative to legalize cannabis on Wednesday, with the hopes of putting the proposal to a vote in 2016.maine

“I’ve seen the benefits of the marijuana economy, both the medical and underground market, on Maine’s rural economy, and it’s time to transition to a regulated, legal market,” says Legalize Maine president Paul McCarrier. “Mainers don’t need a group from Washington, D.C., to dictate what’s best for them.”

McCarrier’s comment about a “group from Washington, D.C.” refers to the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), which is planning its own legalization initiative for Maine, with the identical goal of putting it to a vote in 2016. MPP has led successful legalization initiatives in the Maine cities of Portland and South Portland.

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