The mornings after elections are always a little chaotic and while today is no different, there is some good news for cannabis consumers. With a wild election officially behind us, we now have 8 new states that will have legal marijuana; Here is a breakdown of what states passed and what it will mean for them.
New Recreational States
With Proposition 64, adults 21 and older will be allowed to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, grow up to 6 plants and purchase other cannabis products from licensed and compliant businesses.
Nevada adults 21 and over can possess up to an ounce and grow up to 6 plants; However you can only do so if you live 25 or more miles from the nearest dispensary. Adults 21 and over will be able to purchase from licensed and compliant establishments as well.
Massachusetts will allow adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce, 6 plants for personal use, 10 ounces within your home and the option to purchase from licensed and compliant dispensaries.
Adults 21 years and older will be allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis and grow up to 6 cannabis plants in their home.
New Medical States
Arkansas will now be able to have 8 cannabis grows and up to 40 medical dispensaries. The rest of the details are unclear but are sure to be hashed out over the next coming weeks.
The passing of medical marijuana will allow the state Department of Health to license dispensaries as well as those with physician-approved medical conditions like Crohn’s disease and epilepsy.
The passing of Ballot Issue 24 will result in the repeal of the 3 patient limit for Medical Marijuana providers as well as allow more access to legal marijuana for licensed patients.
North Dakota will allow licensed patients to possess up to 3 ounces in Cannabis and the option to grow up to 8 plants as long as you live 40 or more miles from a licensed and compliant dispensary.
All other states that were up to vote didn’t pass. Change is rarely easy and a new president that not everyone agrees with only exacerbates the change; However it cannot be denied that there’s a collective agreement in this country that marijuana should be legal and available to those who choose to use it.