Marijuana Business Daily’s John Schroyer published a state-by-state marijuana ballot initiative update last week, and it’s becoming increasingly evident that 2016 is going to be a turning point year for the cannabis industry. There are at least 15 potential ballot measures in 12 states that could be on the ballot in November, but it’s not all good news. According to Schroyer, the risks are paramount, particularly when it comes to California’s proposed recreational marijuana initiative. If the ballot measure is rejected, it could set marijuana legalization back in California, and the nation, by years.
While some initiatives have secured their place on the ballot in November, many are still in the works. In most of these states, the level of support is overwhelming. Even in places you might not expect (Florida, Montana, etc.)
Here is a summary of Schroyer’s update on where campaigns stand nationwide as of June 22. To view the article in its entirety, click here.
Adult-use definitely on Nov. ballot:
Medicinal definitely on Nov. ballot:
- Florida (to expand upon the current medicinal marijuana laws)
Campaigns have submitted petitions for adult-use, and are waiting for approval to be on Nov. ballot:
Campaigns have submitted petitions for medicinal, and are waiting for approval to be on Nov. ballot:
- Montana (multiple initiatives could make the ballot, including one to ban all marijuana and one to roll back on anti-dispensary ruling from the state Supreme Court)
Campaigns still gathering signatures to put adult-use on Nov. ballot:
- North Dakota
Campaigns still gathering signatures to put medicinal on Nov. ballot:
- Arkansas (unlike the campaign noted above, there is another still gathering signatures)
- North Dakota (separate from the campaign noted above)