Two More States Add Marijuana Initiatives to November Ballot

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One of the most important issues of the November ballots has to do with marijuana, and these two states just decided to become a part of it. A ballot measure looking to legalize cannabis in Arizona has been approved to be voted on in November. The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) was told by the Arizona Secretary of State that their measure is going to be put forth as Proposition 205. If the proposal passes, people aged 21 or older are going to be allowed to buy marijuana in a similar way that they buy alcohol. Of course, there are some people fighting against this, because people claim that they were confused when signatures were being collected. Regardless, the legal counsel for CRMLA states that there is nothing the courts can do to stop the proposal from showing up on the ballot in November.

“Eighty-three years ago, Arizona voters approved a ballot measure to repeal the failed policy of alcohol prohibition,” chairman of the Yes on 205 campaign, J.P. Holyoak, said. “This November, we will have the opportunity to end the equally disastrous policy of marijuana prohibition. Prop 205 would establish a more sensible system in which marijuana is regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol.”

The second state is North Dakota. North Dakota’s Secretary of State Al Jaeger announced that a proposal called the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act of 2016, which looks to legalize a statewide medical cannabis program, is going to be on the ballot in November. Organizers needed to collect over 13,000 signatures in order to qualify. They were able to collect about 18,000, and approximately 17,000 of them were considered valid. If voters approve the measure, patients with one of a specific list of conditions would be able to buy up to three ounces of cannabis every two weeks so long as they have a recommendation from a doctor.

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