Here Are the Four States Voting on Marijuana Initiatives This Year

At least four states will be voting on marijuana initiatives this year; three that would legalize medical marijuana, and one that would legalize the plant for everyone who’s at least 21 years of age.


Last month Michigan’s Committee to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol submitted over 275,00 signatures from registered Michigan voters for their legalization initiative. This surpasses the 252,523 signatures needed to put the initiative to a vote. The state’s legislature now has the option of passing it into law, or placing it on the November general election ballot. Given the latter is expected, Michigan voters will likely have the opportunity this November to make their state the 10th to legalize recreational marijuana.

Specifics of the initiative:

  • The possession limit would be set at 2.5 ounces, or 10 ounces at a private residence.
  • Cultivation limit is set at 12 plants
  • Marijuana stores would be licensed by the state, and allowed to sell marijuana and marijuana products
  • A 10% excise tax, and 6% sales tax, would be placed on all sales



Earlier this month New Approach Missouri submitted over 370,000 signatures for their medical marijuana legalization initiative. This is more than double the amount required to place it on the November ballot; 168,000.

Specifics of the initiative, according to

  • Instead of creating a short and restrictive list of qualifying conditions, this initiative puts power in the hands of a state-licensed physicians, not politicians or bureaucrats, to determine who will benefit from medical cannabis.
  • The initiative creates a statewide system for production and sale of medical cannabis and medical cannabis products. It also provides for limited and regulated patient cultivation.
  • Puts Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services in charge of licensing and implementation, but also allows the department to contract with other state agencies when necessary for effective and efficient regulation.



State Question 788, put forth by the nonprofit Oklahomans for Health, will be voted on next month, on June 26.

Specifics of the initiative, according to

  • Obtaining a state-issued medical marijuana license would require a board-certified physician’s signature.
  • There would be no specific qualifying conditions to receive medical marijuana.
  • People with licenses would be permitted to possess up to 3 ounces of marijuana on their person and 8 ounces of marijuana in their residence.
  • A 7 percent tax would be levied on marijuana sales, with revenue being allocated to administrative costs, education, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
  • Licenses would be required to operate dispensaries, commercial growing operations, and processing operations. Municipalities would be prohibited from restricting zoning laws to prevent marijuana dispensaries



Utah voters will also have the opportunity to legalize medical cannabis this November through the passage of the Utah Medical Marijuana Initiative.

Specifics of the initiative:

  • Dispensaries would be allowed to sell marijuana to individuals with medical cards. During any one 14-day period, an individual would be allowed to buy either 2 ounces of unprocessed marijuana or an amount of marijuana product with no more than 10 grams of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or cannabidiol.
  • After January 1, 2021, individuals with medical cards would be allowed to grow six marijuana plants for personal use within their homes if there are no dispensaries within 100 miles.
  • The initiative would enact or keep bans on smoking marijuana, driving under the influence of marijuana, or using marijuana in public view except in a medical emergency.
  • The measure would exempt the sale of medical marijuana from the sales tax.



This article has been updated to include Utah.

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