More States Pass Medicinal, Recreational Marijuana Initiatives in 2016 Election
NOVEMBER 09, 2016
While some Americans cheer and others sulk at the outcome of the 2016 Presidential Election (spoiler: Donald Trump is our new POTUS), others are just as interested in the various state ballot initiatives focused on marijuana.
Twenty-five states and the District of Columbia already have legalized medicinal marijuana and only Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and DC have legalized it for recreational use. While all states differ on which health conditions warrant a pot prescription, the common ones are chronic pain, glaucoma, seizures, and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
On November 8, four states voted on initiatives for medicinal marijuana and five states voted for recreational use. Here’s what happened.
Voters in all four states passed initiatives in favor of medicinal marijuana:
- Arkansas: 53% voted yes
- Florida: 71% voted yes
- Montana: 57% voted yes
- North Dakota: 64% voted yes
- Arizona: 52% voted no
- California: 56% voted yes
- Maine: 50% voted yes (too close to say for sure yet)
- Massachusetts: 54% voted yes
- Nevada: 54% voted yes
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