Cannabis and its derivatives are already legal in 33 states in one form or another, according to Business Insider. In 11 of those states, cannabis is legal for recreational use, while in the remainder, it’s legal for medical use. The states differ in cannabis policies regarding cannabis use, with some having stricter policies than others.
When voters go to the polls this November, constituents in 12 states will vote on whether or not to bring the former number up to 45. However, Motley Fool writer Sean Williams predicted that eight of those states will pass, at least for now. The remaining four are likely to get approval from the voters.
Mississippi, a Deep South and traditionally conservative state, may be considered by some to be the least likely of any state to legalize marijuana. Voters in the Magnolia State will consider a ballot, described by Williams as “roundabout,” that could legalize marijuana for medical use in one form or another.
First, voters will have to decide whether they’re on board with the use of medical marijuana at all. Then, they’ll have to choose between two propositions: Initiative 65 and Initiative 65A. Initiative 65 allows patients with any of 20 qualifying conditions to get a recommendation for medical marijuana, while Initiative 65A only allows its use in terminally ill patients.
Williams didn’t speculate on which initiative will pass, but he’s bullish on marijuana legalization in Mississippi, citing polls that show that 67 percent of voters in that state support legalizing medical cannabis.
In New Jersey, voters will consider whether or not to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 years of age or older, with an excise tax attached to all purchases. A Monmouth University poll released in April showed that 61 percent of Garden State voters support legalizing marijuana.
Thousands of miles away, in South Dakota, voters will consider both a medical-marijuana legalization initiative and a recreational-marijuana legalization initiative at the same time — the first of the 50 states to put both issues before the voters on the ballot at the same time.
Constitutional Amendment A would legalize recreational marijuana and require the state’s legislature to pass laws allowing it by no later than April 1, 2022. Measure 26, on the other hand, would establish a medical marijuana program for patients with qualifying debilitating conditions.
Polling would indicate that Mount Rushmore State voters are more likely to support the medical initiative, said Williams.
Finally, there’s Arizona. Voters in the Grand Canyon State will consider no fewer than five different marijuana-related initiatives, at least one of which is likely to pass. Williams cites polling numbers that say 65 percent of Arizona voters favor legalization for adult use of cannabis.