North Dakota, South Dakota and Florida: The Three Recreational Marijuana Initiatives Being Voted on This November

With the news that North Dakota has already reached their signature threshold in less than two months, it’s becoming clear which states will vote this November on recreational marijuana initiatives.

Twenty-four states have legalized recreational marijuana, and three more are aiming to join the list this November. Below is an overview of these three initiatives.

Florida

Amendment 3, appearing on the November 5 presidential election ballot, aims to legalize recreational marijuana possession, use, and licensed distribution. If passed, adults 21 and older could possess up to three ounces of dried marijuana flower and five grams of marijuana concentrates. These products would be available through licensed marijuana retailers and medical dispensaries with a dual license.

A University of North Florida poll from November showed that 67% of likely voters support Amendment 3, exceeding the 60% needed for it to pass as a constitutional amendment. A recent Fox News poll also indicated strong support at 69%.

By the end of May, the campaign for Amendment 3, Smart & Safe Florida, had raised over $60 million, the highest amount for any statewide marijuana initiative in US history.

For the full text of the bill, click here.

South Dakota

This November, South Dakota voters will decide on Measure 29, an initiative sponsored by South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws. The measure seeks to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older, permitting possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and the cultivation of up to three plants at home. Additionally, it would create a regulated and taxed system for marijuana businesses.

Recent polling indicates that 45% of voters support the legalization of marijuana, while 42% oppose it.

For the full text of the bill, click here.

North Dakota

At the end of April, North Dakota Secretary of State Michael Howe approved a marijuana legalization initiative sponsored by the nonprofit political committee New Economic Frontier. This approval gives the group one year to gather 15,582 signatures from registered North Dakota voters to place their measure on the November 2024 ballot, with a deadline of July 8.

As of yesterday, the group has already collected over 15,000 signatures, with over two weeks remaining before the July 8 deadline.

The proposed initiative would legalize possession for adults 21 and older, allowing up to one ounce of marijuana, four grams of marijuana concentrates, and 1500 milligrams of adult-use cannabinoid products, including 300 milligrams in edible form. It would also permit the personal cultivation of up to three marijuana plants and the purchase of marijuana products through licensed stores.

For the full text of the bill, click here.

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