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The California Marijuana Legalization Initiative would legalize recreational marijuana for adults and regulate the sale of bud like alcohol. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom supports the cause saying he would back a marijuana legalization initiative in 2016. He stated, "I don’t like drug abuse, or drug use. That said, I dislike the ‘war on drugs’ more. It is a war on people of color, it is a war on poor people, and it is an outrage." 


The Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative would legalize marijuana for individuals with qualifying conditions determined by a licensed state physician. Florida narrowly missed the required 60% supermajority requirement for legalizing medical marijuana in 2014 with 57% of the vote in favor. 


The Maine Marijuana Legalization Initiative aims to allow the possession and use of cannabis for individuals above 21 years of age. Adults would be allowed to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow six plants.


The Massachusetts Marijuana Legalization Initiative would legalize marijuana for adults and regulate & tax cannabis like alcohol. According to Allen St. Pierre, Executive Director of NORML, "In 2016, Massachusetts will find itself in the crosshairs for cannabis reform." The Massachusetts initiative currently enjoys broad support.


Michigan's Marijuana Legalization Initiative would legalize, regulate and tax marijuana for those who are 21 years of age or older. Adults would be permitted to possess and use marijuana and to cultivate 12 plants each. The initiative would also allow for hemp farming. Rep. Jeff Irwin (D-53) deemed marijuana legalization in Colorado a "successful experiment" and called for legalization in Michigan. He said, “What you're seeing [in Colorado] is reduced use amongst adolescents, reduced crime, reduced drunk driving deaths and you're seeing quite a bit of tax revenue. All of those are good things.”


Missouri may introduce the Missouri Marijuana Legalization Initiative on its 2016 ballot. The measure, upon voter approval, would give people 21 years of age or older the right to produce, sell, distribute and consume marijuana and the right to manufacture goods from hemp. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch said, "But the nation is quickly changing its views on legalized marijuana, and Missouri should thrust itself to the forefront of the debate, primarily because of its location in the center of the country and its reliance on agriculture and life sciences as major economic drivers."


The Nevada Marijuana Legalization Initiative will be on the November 8th ballot. The measure, upon voter approval, would legalize one ounce or less of marijuana for recreational use for people who are at least 21 years old. The initiative would tax marijuana sales and allocate revenue from such tax to education. Sen. Richard "Tick" Segerblom (D-3) is a supporter of the initiative. The Las Vegas Review-Journal even said, "Nevada voters have an opportunity to reset America’s costly drug war... It’s an important step forward in fixing a failed policy... If you are presented with the petition, and you’re a registered voter, sign it."

If you live in any of the above states, be sure to check out the links to the initiatives and lend your support.  

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