List of States Voting The Legalization Of Marijuana

55On November 4, several other states will vote on whether or not to legalize marijuana for both medical and recreational purposes. Such ballot initiatives have a likely chance of passing as over 22 states have favored legalization so far—two for recreational use, and nine others with very limited medical laws.


Alaska may possibly be the next state with truly legal marijuana after Washington and Colorado if voters approve the initiative, and may become the first red state with full marijuana legalization. With Issue 2, adults 21 years of age and above will be allowed to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and maintain six plants. This measure will legalize production and sales, and will tax marijuana at $50 per ounce at the point of sales.

A poll contracted by the Alaska House Majority Caucus showed that 52 percent of voters in Alaska support the legalization, 44 percent oppose it, and 4 percent are still undecided. A Public Policy Polling poll, on the other hand, showed that 48 percent support legalization, 45 percent do not, and 7 percent were still undecided.


In order to appear on the ballot this November, Arkansas has yet to collect several thousands signatures for the initiative for full legalization. Though 53 percent of the residents in the state support decriminalization, the amendment will not take effect until there is a change in federal laws.


The state of Florida is voting on medical marijuana. A very limited medical marijuana law was passed earlier this year, allowing a narrow pool of qualified patients to use a marijuana strain low in THC. The law is so limited, however, that NORML and the Marijuana Policy Project do not consider Florida as a medical marijuana state. With Issue 2, marijuana will be legalized to treat cancer, hepatitis C, HIV, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, and other debilitating medical conditions.

The pro-medical marijuana campaign conducted a poll and found that 70 percent of the voters in the state support the initiative.

North Carolina

The governor recently signed a CBD-only medical marijuana law, and so full medical legalization may be months away. A Tar Heel State poll showed that 76 percent of residents support medical cannabis.


The initiative will likely be on the ballot later this year, even if they are still gathering signatures. Currently, 71 percent of the residents support legalization, despite so-called interference from local authorities.


Oregon is another state aiming for recreational legalization. Adults 21 years of age and above will be allowed to possess a maximum of eight ounces of marijuana and maintain up to four marijuana plants to be regulated by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. This measure will also tax marijuana at $35 per ounce at the point of sales.

In 2012, Oregon was one of three states that had legalization initiatives on the ballot. This measure, however, had no support from national advocacy groups as it was poorly written, and so it failed. This year, the initiative has support from the Drug Policy Alliance.

A SurveyUSA poll revealed that 51 percent of voters in Oregon support legalization.

District of Columbia

Although the DC Council decriminalized marijuana earlier this year, supporters argued that the measure did not go far enough and so the District of Columbia will be voting on legalization in November. With Initiative 71, adults 21 years of age and older will be allowed to possess up to two ounces of marijuana, maintain up to six plants, and give marijuana as a gift to other adults. Sales will not be legalized in DC.

According to a Washington Post poll, DC residents favored marijuana legalization almost two-to-one.


Guam is voting on legalizing marijuana in order to treat debilitating medical conditions such as cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, PTSD, arthritis, and HIV. A government commission will later determine rules and regulations on how to distribute marijuana through dispensaries.

Since Guam is not a state but a U.S. territory, the measure passed through numerous legal hurdles before Guam’s Supreme Court before ruling in favor of the initiative and putting it on the ballot. Unlike the usual ballot initiative, Guam legislature unilaterally put the measure on the ballot instead of taking it to the election board via petitioning.

A University of Guam survey showed that 62 percent of voters support the measure.

Since federal law still prohibits marijuana, all proposals mentioned above only affect state law.

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