On today’s episode Lions of Liberty co-founder Marc Clair joins Felony Friday host John Odermatt to discuss the marijuana ballot initiatives passed on Tuesday. If you aren’t familiar with Marc’s work here on the Lions of Liberty Podcast, then you probably haven’t listened to many of our shows. You can remedy that problem by checking out some of Marc’s great interviews. I’d suggest starting with his interviews with Ron Paul and Jesse Ventura.
Here’s what we talked about on today’s show:
Ballot initiatives legalizing recreational marijuana passed in California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada. An initiative for recreational marijuana was barely rejected in Arizona. Four other states — Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota — passed ballot measures legalizing medical marijuana.
We hope you enjoy today’s show, please scroll down for links and notes on each marijuana ballot initiative.
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Election results for the recreational ballot initiatives:
- AZ Rejected – 47.9% to 52.1%
- CA Passed – 56% to 44%
- MA Passed – 53.56% to 46.44%
- ME Passed – 50.26% to 49.74%
- NV Passed – 54.47% to 45.53%
Arizona rejected Prop. 205
- Marijuana in Arizona will remain prescription-only
- Arizona’s Proposition 205 would have allowed for an ounce of possession and up to six plants at home. Tax money would have been directed to school construction, kindergarten programs and public drug education.
California passed Prop 64 – Adult Use of Marijuana Act
- The ballot initiative received almost 5 million votes
- California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996
- It allows for an ounce of possession and six plants grown at home for people over 21. Prop 64 creates a system to retroactively reduce sentences for drug offenses.
- 7 things to know now that Prop 64 is law
- A provision in Prop 64 allows for the production of industrial hemp by California farmers
Maine passed Question 1 in an extremely tight vote
- Medical marijuana was already legal in Maine
- Maine’s Question 1 is more lenient than the other states measures. It allows individuals to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and have six flowering plants and 12 nonflowering plants in their home.
- The measure allows individuals over the age of 21 to possess and use marijuana, and would also provide for the licensing of retail facilities and marijuana social clubs.
Massachusetts passed Question 4, but the law could still change
- Medical marijuana was already legal in MA
- Massachusetts Legislature and Gov. Charlie Baker hold the power to rewrite the law
- Question 4 would allow for an ounce of possession and six plants.
- Cronyism alert! The measure creates a regulatory structure called the Cannabis Control Commission. The three member body will oversee marijuana legalization and issue licenses to firms that seek to sell marijuana products.
- Individuals over 21 can possess under ten ounces of marijuana inside their homes and under one ounce in public. They will also be able to grow up to six marijuana plants in their homes.
- Under the measure marijuana sales will be heavily taxed. Sales of marijuana will be subjected to the state sales tax with an additional 3.75 percent excise tax. Also, local municipalities have the option of adding another 2 percent tax.
- The ballot measure has a small section that also regulates the cultivation, processing, distribution and sale of industrial hemp
Nevada – Question 2 passed fairly easily
- Medical marijuana had been legal in Nevada since 2000
- The measure allows for an ounce of possession. And anyone who does not live within 25 miles of a marijuana retail store can grow up to six plants in their home.
- The initiative created a new 15 percent excise tax
- Cronyism alert! The measure mandates that for the first 18 months of licensing, the Department of Taxation would only accept license applications for marijuana stores, production facilities, and cultivation facilities from registered medical marijuana establishments. During the same time period, only registered wholesale liquor dealers would be permitted to apply for marijuana distributor licenses.
- Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson contributed over $1 million to a campaign opposing the initiative
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