10 US States Which Are Considering Marijuana Legalization in 2018
Posted by: Luis Rivera
Find Out Which 12 US States Are Considering Marijuana Legalization in 2018
Marijuana legalization is getting to be more and more widespread and there are many reasons for its support. Learn which states are planning to have cannabis on the ballot in 2018.
The state of Michigan legalized medical marijuana back in 2008, meaning that patients with different conditions can produce, use, or possess marijuana as long as they have a doctor’s recommendation. Patients can possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis.
At the end of April 2018, proponents of the legalization of recreational marijuana usage gathered enough signatures for a ballot to be approved. This is not the first time in which the state managed to collect enough signatures. However, back in 2016 they failed to turn them in within the allotted time on the ballot.
This November, Michigan voters will have the chance to eliminate the recreation marijuana prohibition. If this happens, the possession, sale and buying of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis will be possible.
Medical marijuana provision was passed in Oklahoma in 2014 but only cannabidiol products are allowed. Patients with pediatric epilepsy are the only ones allowed to use medical marijuana. If approved by voters, medical marijuana will become legal for all patients the upcoming June.
In 2016 the state of Arizona unsuccessfully passed the legalization of recreational marijuana but in 2011 it did pass a medical marijuana provision. Similar to Michigan, again citizens with different conditions are allowed to possess 2.5 ounces of marijuana, and to cultivate up to 12 plants with doctor’s recommendation.
As of now, there are three different initiatives related to marijuana legislation pending in this state. One is for decriminalizing marijuana possession, the other is to make Arizona marijuana “sanctuary state”, and the third is to put marijuana legalization up to a voter referendum. All of them can end up on a ballot in November.
Similarly to Oklahoma, the state of Utah has also passed legislation of CBD products but now it is also set to vote on medical marijuana legislation this fall. Around 200,000 signatures were collected by April this year but supporters of marijuana prohibition has signed petitions to block the inclusion of legislation on the November ballot.
For now, differently than that of Oklahoma, medical marijuana can be used not only by epileptic patients but also by patients who are terminally ill.
If approved, patients will be allowed to buy up to two ounces of unprocessed marijuana once every two weeks.
The situation in Missouri is the same as the one mentioned above - they’ve passed a medical marijuana provision again in 2014 but this is limited to CBD products, while only people suffering from epilepsy are eligible for medical marijuana.
Legalization of medical marijuana is set to appear on Missouri’s ballot in November with three different proposals. According to the first, the Bradshaw Amendment, marijuana will be taxed at 15 percent and the funds from this will be used to establish a state-run institute to research cures for incurable diseases. The second proposal will tax marijuana at 4% and spend the funds on veteran programs, and local governments. The third would tax marijuana at 2% and spend the revenue on services for drug treatment, veterans, childhood education and public safety in cities where medical marijuana facilities are located.
Nebraska is one of the four states where possession, use and selling of any kind of marijuana is completely prohibited as Schedule 1 drug.
However, there are ballot initiatives for decriminalizing marijuana of all kinds and the possession of less than one ounce.
The state of Delaware passed a medical marijuana legislation in 2011, allowing patients with variety of conditions to produce and use medical marijuana with doctor’s recommendation.
As of now, Delaware is considering legalization of marijuana for recreational use. The bill for that passed through committee in 2017. However, as a marijuana task force is examining the issue, it is put aside and is not on the November 2018 ballot. After releasing the report in March, the lawmakers could bring the legalization bill for consideration at any time.
Connecticut passed a medical marijuana provision in 2012 which allows patients with a wide variety of conditions to use medical marijuana from a dispensary with a doctor’s recommendation. Patients can possess a month’s supply of cannabis at one time. In this state marijuana is somewhat decriminalized, considering that breaking the law by possessing a small amount of marijuana does not result in a criminal conviction. Decriminalization allows states to prosecute marijuana dealers without imposing criminal penalties on the consumer.
In Connecticut’s House of Representatives there is a legislation that would legalize marijuana for recreational use. The bill passed through committee on April 5, and is now awaiting a subsequent vote.
Ohio is also one of the 13 states (like Connecticut) to decriminalize marijuana use. In terms of marijuana for medical use, the state passed a bill in 2016 and it is about to start issuing licenses this September. Depending on the signatures, an initiative might end up on November 2018 ballot.
As of July 2018 recreational use of marijuana is legal in Vermont. This is the first state to first state to legalize cannabis through legislation rather than a voter referendum. Citizens are allowed to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and cultivate up to six plants. However, only two plants can be mature and flowering at any time.
Name: Luis Rivera
Luis has 20+ years of experience in global market expansion, business development, mergers and acquisitions, business re-engineering, finance and investor relations of software companies. He is passionate about technology, spectral science, indoor farming, food production, automation, and more. Since 2015 he is the president of Advanced LED Lights, a leading LED grow lights manufacturer based in Hiwasse, Arkansas. When not at work, Luis enjoys swimming, yoga, as well as growing grapes and flowers in Sonoma, California.
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