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Voters in several states decided on marijuana-related voting measures in the Nov. 8 midterm elections. The momentum for marijuana legalization continues at the national and local levels after election night victories. Scroll down to see the green check mark indicating the winning initiatives. The measure, titled Question 4, was: “Do you support the legalization of cannabis use by a person at least 21 years of age in the state of Maryland on or after July 1, 2023?” Now, nearly half of our fellow citizens (maybe you`re even lucky enough to be one of them) live in states where it`s legal for adults to buy, possess, and consume marijuana. Unfortunately, this means that the other half of the population still lives under the oppressive yoke of prohibition. That is why we must not give up. Even in states that have passed legalization laws, the scope of our work continues to expand as we continue to fight for workers` rights, access to home cultivation, fair treatment of parents under the law, and elimination of previous cannabis violations. More than 50 years ago, when NORML was founded, the battle for legalization was much more lonely. At that time, only 13% of the population supported our efforts.

Nevertheless, we knew that legalizing marijuana and ending our country`s war on cannabis users was the right thing to do. To quote Orwell, “Being in a minority, even a minority, did not make you angry. There was truth and there was lies, and if you clung to the truth, even against the whole world, you were not crazy. Maryland voters overwhelmingly voted in favor of a referendum (Question 4) calling on state legislatures to establish rules and regulations for the production and sale of cannabis to adults. Marijuana-related laws and penalties often change rapidly, and they can be applied and interpreted differently by law enforcement and prosecutors, even in the same state jurisdiction. Please contact a criminal defense attorney in your state if you have been arrested or want to know how a particular behavior might be punished. If you discover an error in this report or have information that should be included in the NORML State Guide to Marijuana Laws & Penalties, please contact us. Lawmakers will need to enact additional laws in the next session to establish rules and regulations for a legally regulated cannabis market. Measure 27 would have allowed adults to possess, grow (up to three mature plants) limited amounts of cannabis (up to one ounce) and/or transfer it without compensation. The measure is not intended to create a legal framework for the licensed production and retail sale of marijuana. But that`s just the beginning. Will you continue to support us? The voters of Lamar (7,600 inhabitants) voted against electoral question 300.

This vote measure aims to reaffirm and reinforce an existing local ban on retailers and limit local property limits to less than what state law allows. Voters in Great Falls (population 58,717) voted against banning marijuana businesses from operating within city limits and also passed a statewide tax on marijuana sales. * These jurisdictions have subsequently passed laws legalizing the use and personal cultivation of cannabis for adults. ** These states have partially decriminalized certain crimes against marijuana possession. While the law still classifies marijuana possession offences as criminal, the offences do not carry a risk of imprisonment. Washington, DC: NORML has updated the medical cannabis section of its homepage, including a revamped national map of medical marijuana states to reflect the recent increase in states that have passed so-called “CBD-only” laws. Arkansas voters rejected a voting initiative (No. 4) that would have allowed adults 21 and older to buy and possess up to an ounce of cannabis.

You can also donate your time and energy by joining your local NORML affiliate and using our action center to contact your state and federal officials to support reform. Voters in Cripple Creek (population 1,200) voted in favor of a citizen-proposed ordinance that allows licensed marijuana retailers to operate in the city. State lawmakers legalized the adult-use marijuana market in May. The legislation gave municipalities the opportunity to consider allowing or prohibiting licensed marijuana markets in their communities. The laws that currently govern medical cannabis at the state level fall into three basic categories: self-preservation (the patient has a defense of medical necessity for possession or cultivation of cannabis); Access to retail (patients can consume cannabis at retail; home cultivation is often prohibited) and only to access to CBD (patients are allowed to possess and use cannabis strains and other cannabidiol-rich products, although there is generally no legal source for patients to obtain these varieties; no home cultivation is allowed). Voters in five Texas cities have opted for municipal election initiatives that eliminate the local application of low-level marijuana. Currently, 35 states in the United States have reformed their laws through mandatory legislation or election initiatives to provide qualified patients with medical access to cannabis products. This time last year, 21 states and the District of Columbia had medical cannabis laws — a sixty percent increase in a single year. That means that by the end of the week, an additional 14.3 million Americans will be living in a jurisdiction where adult marijuana is legal. In total, 145 million Americans — nearly half of the U.S. population — now live in reformed states.

If you`re not able to commit to being a supporting member, make a one-time contribution and join the fight for freedom: the former would have decided whether or not the city`s existing medical cannabis dispensaries could be converted into adult retailers.