Five states — Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada — will consider legalizing the recreational use of cannabis. Three others — Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota — will decide whether to permit cannabis for medical purposes. Montana will weigh whether to ease restrictions on an existing medical cannabis law.
MassachusettsIn Massachusetts on November 8, voters will choose yes or no on Question 4 — a bill to legalize the recreational use, possession, cultivation, and sale of cannabis.
Fifty-five percent of likely voters now say they favor allowing adults to use recreational marijuana, which is the subject of Question 4 on the November ballot.
When WBUR last polled on legalizing marijuana, last month, the gap was narrower, with 50 percent in favor and 45 percent opposed. That 5-point gap has now grown to 15 points, with 55 percent in favor and 40 percent opposed.
If it passes, the bill would fully legalize recreational cannabis starting on December 15, 2016.
In Maine on November 8, voters will choose yes or no on Question 1 — a bill to legalize the recreational use, possession, cultivation, and sale of cannabis to adults over 21. Maine already allows for medicinal cannabis use.
In Maine, a survey by the Portland Press Herald found that 53% of voters support Question 1. The poll found 38% of voters oppose the measure, and 10% are undecided, the Herald reported.
In Nevada on November 8, voters will choose yes or no on Question 2 — a bill to legalize the recreational use, possession, cultivation, and sale of cannabis. Legalization is limited to people over 21.
According to a study by KTNV-TV 13 Action News/Rasmussen Reports, 53% of voters are behind Question 2. The poll found 39% of voters are opposed, while 8% are unsure.
In Arizona on November 8, voters will choose yes or no on Proposition 205 — a bill to legalize the recreation use and cultivation of cannabis. If passed, regulation of cannabis would be handled on a state level, while regulation of individual retail stores would be handled on a town/city level.
The most recent surveys shows 43 percent of those questioned in support and 47 percent opposed. That could leave the outcome up to the 10 percent who told OH Predictive Insights they had not made up their mind.
In California on November 8, voters will choose yes or no on Proposition 64, which would allow adults aged 21 years or older to possess and use marijuana for recreational purposes. The measure would create two new taxes, one levied on cultivation and the other on retail price. Revenue from the taxes would be spent on drug research, treatment, and enforcement, health and safety grants addressing marijuana, youth programs, and preventing environmental damage resulting from illegal marijuana production.