Here’s how five states voted on the legalization of recreational marijuana

by | Nov 9, 2022 | Business

Marijuana activists hold up a 51-foot inflatable joint during a rally at the U.S. Capitol to call on Congress pass cannabis reform legislation on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019.Caroline Brehman | Cq-roll Call, Inc. | Getty ImagesVoters in two states approved the legalization of recreational marijuana in Tuesday’s elections, joining the growing list of states where the cannabis market is regulated for adult use.Maryland and Missouri join 19 other states and the District of Columbia in legalizing recreational marijuana, while legalization proposals failed to pass in Arkansas, North Dakota and South Dakota.Here’s a look at the five measures.MarylandFollowing the passage of Maryland’s Question 4, adults in the state will be allowed to possess up to 1.5 ounces, or two marijuana plants, beginning July 1, 2023. The amendment also allows for the expungement of records for people arrested for marijuana possession, and for people serving time for simple possession to have their sentences reconsidered. It would also establish a cannabis business assistance fund for small businesses, as well as minority- and women-owned businesses, entering the cannabis industry.Now, the state’s lawmakers will decide on licensing and taxation.”Nothing has been set in stone regarding taxation or how those tax dollars will be distributed, which makes the upcoming legislative session extremely important,” said Kevin Ford, executive director of Uplift Action Fund, which advocates for equity in Maryland’s marijuana industry.”Now, the real work begins to ensure that the rollout of Maryland’s adult-use market provides equal opportunity and equitable resources,” he said.MissouriMissouri voters approved the state’s Amendment 3, which removes existing prohibitions on marijuana and allows adults to purchase and possess up to th …

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