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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Nevada: Signatures Submitted to Put Cannabis Legalization to a Vote

Activists in Nevada have submitted roughly 200,000 nevsignatures to put an initiative to legalize cannabis to a vote, well more than the 102,000 required.

State Senator Richard Segerblom and Joe Brezny of the Nevada Cannabis Industry Association submitted the signatures this morning to the Clark County Elections Department in North Las Vegas. Once the clerk’s office verifies that enough of the signatures are valid – meaning they’re from registered Nevada voters – the initiative will be sent to Nevada’s Legislature for consideration. The Legislature will then have the option of passing the measure into law, or sending it to a vote of the people in 2016.

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