New Jersey Marijuana Legalization Heading to Final Vote by Lawmakers

New Jersey moved closer to becoming the 11th U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana use after legislative committees approved bills to end the prohibition and wipe out the criminal records of some drug offenders.

The action puts the bills on track for all-but-certain passage by the Assembly and Senate on Dec. 17. While Governor Phil Murphy, a Democrat, campaigned in part on easing marijuana laws, he has criticized the legislation’s tax rate of 14 percent, which would be among the lowest in the U.S., making it unclear whether he will sign the bills or send them back to lawmakers with suggested changes.

New Jersey moved closer to becoming the 11th U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana use after legislative committees approved bills to end the prohibition and wipe out the criminal records of some drug offenders.

The action puts the bills on track for all-but-certain passage by the Assembly and Senate on Dec. 17. While Governor Phil Murphy, a Democrat, campaigned in part on easing marijuana laws, he has criticized the legislation’s tax rate of 14 percent, which would be among the lowest in the U.S., making it unclear whether he will sign the bills or send them back to lawmakers with suggested changes.

Murphy and the Democrat-controlled legislature are eager to make New Jersey the first state in the New York City region to fully legalize the drug, a step that has widespread support from residents and would provide a new source of needed revenue.

The bills received approvals Monday by a joint hearing of the Senate and Assembly budget and appropriations panels in Trenton. The Senators voted 7-4, with two abstaining, and the Assembly members, 7-3, with one abstention.

New Jersey moved closer to becoming the 11th U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana use after legislative committees approved bills to end the prohibition and wipe out the criminal records of some drug offenders.

The action puts the bills on track for all-but-certain passage by the Assembly and Senate on Dec. 17. While Governor Phil Murphy, a Democrat, campaigned in part on easing marijuana laws, he has criticized the legislation’s tax rate of 14 percent, which would be among the lowest in the U.S., making it unclear whether he will sign the bills or send them back to lawmakers with suggested changes.

Murphy and the Democrat-controlled legislature are eager to make New Jersey the first state in the New York City region to fully legalize the drug, a step that has widespread support from residents and would provide a new source of needed revenue.

The bills received approvals Monday by a joint hearing of the Senate and Assembly budget and appropriations panels in Trenton. The Senators voted 7-4, with two abstaining, and the Assembly members, 7-3, with one abstention.

“We have seen billions of dollars wasted on enforcement,” said Senator Nicholas Scutari, the bill’s sponsor and a Democrat from Linden. Cannabis prohibition flopped, he said, just like the U.S. ban on alcohol from 1920 to 1933.

Opponents included Democrats and Republicans alike, with even Senator Paul Sarlo, a Democrat who heads the chamber’s budget committee, abstaining over concerns about use by children. A warning about the marijuana lobby’s power came from Patrick Kennedy, the former U.S. congressman from Rhode Island and son of the late U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy.

“What you’re really after today is a quick fix,” Kennedy, now a Brigantine resident, told lawmakers during public testimony. “As a former addict myself, I can tell you that quick fixes don’t work.”

Senator Gerald Cardinale, a Republican from Cresskill, said traffic fatalities increased in Colorado and Washington after those states legalized the drug. New Jersey’s automotive insurance premiums were highest in the U.S. for five straight years, averaging $1,264 in 2014, the most recent year analyzed by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, a Kansas City, Missouri-based research and lobbying group.

“Insurance rates on our drivers are going to have to go up,” Cardinale said.

The move to legalize and tax marijuana is part of Murphy’s efforts to create jobs and boost the economy. The state’s finances have been strained by growing pension and debt bills that are projected to consume a third of the budget by 2023. His $37.4 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that started July 1, his first, contained more than $1 billion in new or higher taxes on sources including corporations, residents who earn at least $5 million a year and ride-sharing services.

The governor had asked for a tax of about 25 percent on marijuana. The bill approved on Monday falls well short of that by setting the rate at 12 percent, with another 2 percent paid to municipalities where cannabis businesses operate.

New Jersey’s marijuana tax, as proposed, would be among the lowest. Washington’s sales tax is highest, at 37 percent. Colorado’s combined taxes total 30 percent; Nevada’s, 25 percent; and Oregon’s, 17 percent. Michigan voters this month approved 16 percent total taxes.

The legislation also directs the court system to expedite criminal expungements to address the disproportionate impact that drug laws have had on minorities. Assemblyman Jamel Holley, a Democrat from Roselle and member of the Black Legislative Caucus, said it was pointless to study expungement further when federal statistics reflect racial disparities in arrests.

“People who look like me don’t have relief,” he said.

The legislation also puts the cannabis industry in the hands of a commission appointed by the governor and lawmakers.

Other legislation, approved by the Senate health committee, would broaden access to medical marijuana, which New Jersey has allowed since 2010. New Jersey is playing catch-up to other states in that area because Republican Chris Christie, a former federal prosecutor who was governor for eight years, was slow to implement policy for fear of violating U.S. laws that prohibit the drug.

Marijuana will be legalized in Michigan in December

Marijuana will be legal in Michigan in December.

The state board of canvassaers has unanimously certified the Nov. 6 election results Monday afternoon, ending a four-year effort  for marijuana legalization.

Marijuana will be legal in the state on Dec. 6, 2018.

Residents 21 years of age and older will be allowed to buy, possess and use up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana.

They will also be able to grow up to 12 plants per household for personal use.

However, cannabis won’t be commercially available for sale until the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs comes up with the rules and regulations that will govern the adult recreational use market and begins licensing businesses.

That won’t happen until the end of 2019.

It is also illegal to carry cannabis when crossing the Canada and U.S. border.

Source: CTV

How The Largest Marijuana Retail Space In The U.S. Plans To Revamp A District

For a while it looked like the best thing to bring to a neighborhood was a new Whole Foods grocery store. One study showed that homes in these neighborhoods would appreciate at a much faster rate than if they were near a Trader Joe’s (and both were better than a Starbucks). Another sign a neighborhood is on the cusp of revitalization is when the yoga studios start vying for space with the arthouses. Usually, it is not long after that the expensive coffee shops and cupcake stores start showing up at street level. But now that so many states have passed laws favorable to the marijuana movement, the next big thing to bring a neighborhood back from the brink just might be the increasing number of organizations that work in the industry.

Downtown Los Angeles could be the first case study to see this phenomenon in action. Next month, a seven-story building in the heart of Los Angeles’ Jewelry District will open up, filled with tenants who all have cannabis somewhere in their job description. The 67,000-square-foot Green Street Building (the name is in reference to its anchor tenant, the Green St. Agency, which works solely with clients in the marijuana industry) will house everything from co-working spaces to an art gallery, dispensary, restaurant, law firm, luxury spa and lounge. Real estate investment company Bow West Capital purchased the property last year for a reported $14 million. Once open it will be the largest retail space dedicated to cannabis in the U.S.

“The buildings in [the Jewelry District] have not received the proper upkeep, allowing for low sale prices of the buildings but also requiring full renovations,” said lead architect behind the project, Matthew Rosenberg of M-Rad, Inc. “With the prosperity and funding in the cannabis industry on the rise, this is a perfect combination for this exciting new industry to make this area their home, with Green St. being the catalyst.”

While there are not many residential properties for sale within the Jewelry District itself, data from shows the few that are on the market have a median asking price of $525,000. Surrounding neighborhoods vary quite a bit with the neighborhood of Florence-Graham about five miles away to the southwest seeing median list prices of $440,000 compared to Greater Wilshire a few miles to the northeast seeing median list prices of $1.7 million. 

M-Rad took the 1913 building and completely renovated the interiors to create mixed-use spaces that cater both to the requirements of offices and restaurants as well as the unique needs of cannabis users. They needed to create the right proportion of an open-plan design matched with a set of cloistered, secluded rooms for those who want privacy. Here are some images of the interior provided exclusively to Forbes.

For example behind the hidden door of the library bookshelf lies the Bud Bar, which features this custom-designed rolling table with grooves designed at the right depth for rolling a joint. Staff is on hand to help customers learn the art of rolling. (Interested? This year’s Forbes Gift Guide includes some of the most unique marijuana rolling papers, with some that are made from gold and others that look like money.)

The lounge, MOTA—which if, like me, you didn’t know is a Spanish slang term for marijuana (at least one dispensary out there has ascribed the words Medicine Of The Angels to the letters, but the term doesn’t have its origins as an acronym)—will complement the restaurant which will prepare cannabis-infused menu items and have a U-shaped bar designed specifically for cannabis tastings. It will also have fully transparent windows into the kitchen so guests can see the food being prepared. Sound-proof rooms are also available for private meetings and the Flower Room is a designated smoking area.

“The companies who are part of the building are some of the biggest players in the industry,” says Rosenberg. “Which will bring in high-level clientele and investors who may feel encouraged to invest in the development of the area. The building itself will host a number of cannabis-related programs such as cultural activities and gastronomic experiences which will attract new clientele.” Some of the big names affiliated with the project are prolific investor Gary Vaynerchuck, who is a 50% stakeholder in Green Street Agency, and Vicente Sederberg LLC, dubbed The Marijuana Law Firm, is one of the tenants. 

Typically neighborhood revitalization follows the pattern of stores opening up on a neglected city block one retail space at a time. But this model is different. By bringing a critical mass of companies to the neighborhood all at once, the sudden influx could accelerate the resurgence all the more quickly. Los Angeles’ Jewelry District could become a major player in a matter of months, not years.

Sourse: Forbes

Trying cannabis for the first time

As cannabis stigma dissipates into a cloud of fragrant vapor, young adults to seniors are coming out of the woodwork to finally try, or in some cases come back to, marijuana. There was even a Utah senator who filmed himself consuming an edible gummy in Nevada (where cannabis is legal) as a precursor to the midterms, so that “at least one Utah state senator that actually has tried cannabis before we had this big debate.”

The senator had the right idea, not just to give something a try that he’d never experienced before, which takes at least a little chutzpah, but to start with a low dose edible to see how the herb would affect him without going overboard and being overwhelmed.

The key for new users is to start slow and level up from there. You could start with a 5 mg edible, a few puffs of flower, a half dropper of tincture or some other product you’re comfortable with. But choosing the right type of cannabis can be just as important. If you’re naturally an anxious person, a sativa-heavy hybrid with more CBD in it than average is your best bet. If you’re looking to really experience a high, go with highly concentrated forms of THC, but remember to go slow so you don’t overshoot your target.

If you have the privilege of being the person introducing another to the herb, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, make sure the space you’re in is a comfortable one. Maybe incorporate some throw pillows, an afghan blanket and a good movie for the first round. That way everyone’s comfy, there’s a film that everyone can focus their high minds toward.

Music is just as good if not better idea than a movie, which could be hit or miss. Cannabis is nothing if not an enhancement drug, and hearing your favorite band high for the first time can totally change your perspective on the intricacies of music.

Remember to not outright laugh at any of the experiences the newbie is going through, unless a shared belly laugh is exactly what’s called for. Anxiety is a common side effect for first-time users, mostly because they don’t have the benefit of experimentation to see which cannabinoid ratios work best, or if sativas, indicas or specialized hybrids work better with their systems.

Be sure to have healthy, delicious snacks at the ready for when the munchies kick in. Also remember to relax into the experience, whether the newly initiated or the one doing the initiating. Just remember, it’s all good, even if someone gets a little too high. Cannabis is non-toxic and will safely wear off if one overindulges on their first time out the gate.

Source: The Growth Op

Look Inside Massachusetts’ First Two Recreational Marijuana Shops

Two marijuana stores in Massachusetts were given the green light Friday to begin selling to recreational customers next week, making them the first commercial pot shops in the eastern United States.

Both stores, one located in Northampton and the other in Leicester, said they would open Tuesday morning after the Cannabis Control Commission, the state’s marijuana regulatory agency, authorized them to begin operations in three calendar days.

The announcement ends a long wait for commercial sales to begin in Massachusetts. The state’s voters legalized the use of recreational marijuana by adults 21 and older in 2016, but it’s taken more than two years for state legislators and regulators to reach the point where the first stores can finally open.

The target date for retail sales had been July 1.

The “commence operations” notice from regulators requires the stores to wait three days before opening so they can coordinate with local officials and law enforcement. The openings are expected to draw big crowds, based on the experiences of other legal U.S. states and Canada when they first launched recreational sales.

The Northampton store, operated by New England Treatment Access, said it would open for recreational sales at 8 a.m. on Tuesday. Cultivate Holdings, which operates the Leicester store, said its doors would open at 10 a.m. the same day.

“This signal to open retail marijuana establishments marks a major milestone for voters who approved legal, adult-use cannabis in our state,” said Steven Hoffman, chairman of the cannabis panel, in a statement. “To get here, licensees underwent thorough background checks, passed multiple inspections and had their products tested, all to ensure public health and safety as this new industry gets up and running.”

Legal marijuana advocates, who had complained about the slow pace of regulatory approvals in the state, cheered the news Friday.

“We can rightfully squawk about state delays and problematic local opposition, but the fact remains that we’re the first state east of the Mississippi to offer legal, tested cannabis to adult consumers in safe retail settings,” said Jim Borghesani, a spokesman for the group that led the ballot question to legalize recreational pot.

Borghesani called it a “historic distinction” for Massachusetts.

Recreational marijuana is currently sold in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California and Nevada. Maine voters also approved a legalization question in 2016, but stores in that state are not expected to open until next year at the earliest.

The first Massachusetts stores are in the central and western part of the state, but there are currently no stores approved to open in the greater Boston area. That means that, for now, more than half of the state’s population will not have easy access to recreational marijuana.

Many cities and towns in Massachusetts have resisted cannabis businesses, with some imposing outright bans and others making it difficult through zoning restrictions or other conditions.

The stores opening next week currently operate as medical marijuana dispensaries and have pledged to continue serving their registered patients.

New England Treatment Access “looks forward to providing legal marijuana to our customers, but we want our patients to know that we will never waver from our commitment to them and their needs,” said Norton Albaraez, a spokesman for the company.

The store has a separate area for medical marijuana patients, and they will not have to wait in the same lines with recreational customers to enter the facility.

The company has already had ongoing discussions with local officials about traffic, parking and other public safety issues and is confident of a smooth opening, Albaraez added.

Recreational Marijuana Expected to be Legal in Michigan December 6

One month after Michigan voters approved a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana, the law is expected to take effect Dec. 6.

On Nov. 26, the Board of Canvassers is expected to meet and certify election results.

Recreational marijuana is expected to be legal 10 days after, according to ballot language.

Proposal 1 legalized the recreational use and possession of marijuana in Michigan for those 21 and older and will enact a tax on marijuana sales.

With Jeff Sessions Out, The New AG Should Advance Marijuana Policy By Restoring The Cole Memorandum

When President Trump announced that then-U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) would head the U.S. Department of Justice, cannabis business leaders were rightfully concerned. After all, Sessions has been notoriously vocal about opposing cannabis in any form.

“Good people don’t smoke marijuana,” the Senator said at an April 2016 hearing. “We need grown-ups in charge in Washington to say marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized,” he added. “It’s in fact a very real danger.” The list of colorful quotes goes on and on.

Today, Sessions is out of the Trump Administration, resigning at the president’s request after months of speculation that his tenure would be up shortly after the midterm elections. Many factors led to this, but it is unlikely that Sessions’s position on cannabis was one of them.

To understand why, let’s review Sessions’s record. Given his hard line on cannabis, many expected official DOJ policy to adopt and enforce Sessions’s anti-marijuana views. In one respect, that has been the case. In early 2018, in a major blow to the cannabis sector and its advocates, Sessions rescinded a 2013 DOJ memo issued by Obama-era Deputy Attorney General James Cole that directed federal prosecutors not to enforce the federal cannabis ban in states that had legalized cannabis use and had implemented sufficient regulations to control it.

By rescinding the Cole memo, Sessions threatened the Obama Administration’s explicit hands-off approach to cannabis enforcement in jurisdictions where it was legal for medicine or recreation – a list that now includes 31 states plus the District of Columbia. But outside of that one action — despite rumors of a shadowy Marijuana Policy Coordination Committee charged with waging a “war on weed” — public federal anti-cannabis activity has been difficult to detect.

Rescinding the Cole memo did not lead to the worst fears of a full-scale prohibition or DOJ ramp-up of federal enforcement. But Sessions’s move did give cannabis opponents something to celebrate: a legal cannabis industry facing greater uncertainty.

For example, if national banks and credit card companies were nervous about entering the sector before, losing the Cole memo made it untouchable – a state of play that is already holding back the greatest potential of the sector. As I discussed in Forbes in August, the industry would be tremendously boosted by the safety, security, and transparency that comes from working with large financial institutions if it were permitted. But major financial institutions will not touch this sector until it is declared legal to do so.

There are glimmers of hope, however, now that Sessions has left office. For all of his anti-cannabis bluster, it seems like his former boss doesn’t share his opinion, and that could lead to new legal protections for the industry.

For example, in June, U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced the STATES Act, which would amend the federal Controlled Substances Act to exempt state-legal cannabis activities from its provisions and allow banks to work with legal cannabis businesses. Asked at a press conference whether he supports the Gardner-Warren bill, President Trump responded, “I probably will end up supporting that, yes.”

Then, in October, U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) told Fox Business that he had been “talking to people inside the White House” about ending the longstanding prohibition on cannabis. According to Rohrabacher, “the president intends to keep his campaign promise” to protect states that have legalized cannabis in some form from federal interference. While these are hardly definitive indications that Trump will support legal cannabis in the end, they may be signs that progress might be on the horizon.

If this is the case, a logical first step for the incoming Attorney General would be to reinstate the Cole memo. Absent legislation being passed today to federally legalize cannabis or allow national banks to serve legal cannabis businesses, this will help remove at least some uncertainty about how the federal government will treat the sector in states where it is legal, regulated and safe.

Source: Forbes

Three States Vote in Favor of Marijuana

Three states voted in favor of marijuana legalization in yesterday’s midterm elections. Voters in Utah and Missouri approved the drug for medical use, while Michigan voters passed an amendment that legalized cannabis for recreational purposes. Though North Dakota voters rejected a push for recreational marijuana, the results are further evidence of growing support for easing marijuana restrictions.

Though marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, 33 states have now legalized medical marijuana, and 10 states and Washington, DC have legalized recreational marijuana. “Marijuana has now been legalized for adult use in one out of every five states, so I think it’s safe to say federal laws are in need of an update,” Matthew Schweich, deputy director of the Marijuana Policy Project advocacy group, told Reuters.

In conservative Utah, patients with conditions such as multiple sclerosis, cancer, and HIV will be now able to receive medical marijuana cards at certain doctors’ offices. Doctors won’t be able to recommend a card to more than 20 percent of their patients or work for a dispensary.

Missouri voters weighed in on three different ballot initiatives related to medical marijuana. All three favored legalization, but they differed on how much marijuana would be taxed (ranging from 2 percent to 15 percent) and how the funds would be used. Voters ended up approving Amendment 2, which will impose a 4 percent tax and set that money aside for military veterans.

Medical marijuana was already legal in Michigan, which has now become the first state in the Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana. Those 21 and older will be able to buy and possess marijuana for recreational use and also grow up to 12 cannabis plants in their home for personal use. The approval comes with a 10 percent sales tax on marijuana, and the state government will be able to license and regulate the businesses. The group that backed the proposal will now focus on getting rid of marijuana-related criminal records.

Meanwhile, North Dakota voters rejected the state’s initiative for recreational marijuana, though medical marijuana is still legal there. Critics such as the North Dakota Association of Counties say the measure was flawed. “It lacks a lot of protections, as well as the regulation and control we think is necessary,” the association’s executive director, Terry Traynor, told Prairie Public News. “It doesn’t limit individuals from growing it, it doesn’t restrict where it can be sold. It doesn’t provide local government or the state with any authority to put those things in place.” Sixty percent of voters opposed the measure.

The election results are in line with public opinion, which shows that about 62 percent of Americans support marijuana, which is up from 31 percent in 2000. “This public support has made its way to DC where both Republicans and Democrats are now emboldened to stand behind prohibition reform,” Kevin Love, director of product development at Cannabiniers told The Verge in an email. “The victory in Michigan establishes a strong footing for adult use legalization by expanding beyond the Western and Northeastern states.”

Source: The Verge

Wisconsin Voters Say Yes

A Howard, Wis. woman with chronic pain wants the opportunity to see if medical marijuana can help her conditions. Sarah Kloepping, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

Voters in a range of Wisconsin counties and two cities Tuesday said yes to non-binding questions about whether marijuana should be legal in the state.

Voters in Dane, Milwaukee and Rock counties said the legislature should legalize marijuana for recreational use. In La Crosse County, partial returns showed about 55 percent of voters favor legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

Referendums appeared headed for passage in each of the 10 counties and one city in which voters were asked only if marijuana should be legal if prescribed by a doctor for medical conditions.

In each case, voters favored legalizing medical marijuana by margins of two to one, or better.

“I’m delighted that three-fourths of Brown County voters sent a message that we are in favor of legalizing medical marijuana, and want them to move forward to change laws so people who are sick or suffering can use marijuana as medicine,” said Laura Kiefert, a resident of Howard, Brown County, who a long-time chronic pain sufferer.

“It’s time for those state legislators to let go of their prejudices against cannabis,” she said, “and hear the will of the people.”

The referendums are non-binding, meaning they don’t change state laws, or ordinances in communities in which they were held. They were intended as a way to send a message to state lawmakers that it it’s time to change the laws.

A 2018 Marquette Law School Poll of Wisconsin voters found a majority believe marijuana should be legalized.

In the poll, 61 percent of respondents said marijuana should be fully legalized and regulated like alcohol, while 36 percent opposed legalization. A poll in July 2016 had found 59 percent of respondents supported legalization; 39 percent opposed it.

Recreational Referendums

Figures from the counties where voters were asked if recreational marijuana use should be legal for people 21 years and older:

Dane County: With 235 of 246 precincts reporting, residents favored legalization by a 246-348-64,999, a margin of more than three to one.

Milwaukee County: With 468 of 478 precincts reporting, the vote was 217,628-93,116 in favor of legalization.

La Crosse County: With 15 of 55 precincts reported, about 55 percent of voters favoring legalization.

Rock County: Almost 70 percent voted yes, 46,589-20,746.

Medical only

Results from communities where voters were asked only about medical marijuana:

Brown County: With 44 of 97 precincts reporting as of 11:50 p.m., almost 74 percent of people casting ballots favored legalization, 46,812-16,649. Those figures didn’t include votes cast in the city of Green Bay.

Clark County: Voters favored legalization, 7,674-3,673.

Forest County: Voters were favoring legalization 3,090-824, a margin of more than three to one.

Kenosha County: Approved, 59,638-7,753. That’s a margin of almost 8 to 1.

Langlade County: Voters were favoring legalization, 7,061-2,071. 

Lincoln County: Voters favored legalization, 10,612-2,517. That’s a margin of more than four to one.

Marathon County: Approved, 49,137-11,115, a margin of better than four to one.

Marquette County: With 18 of 19 precincts reporting, voters favored legalization, 5,019-1,462. That’s a margin of more than three to one.

Portage County: Voters favoring legalization by better than four to one: 19,527-3,867. 

Sauk County: SVoters favored legalization by roughly four to one, 22,684-5,673.

City of Waukesha: Approved 23,731-7,243, a margin of better than three to one.

Currently, Wisconsin and 14 other states allow use of only low-THC cannabidiol products by prescription. Wisconsin limits cannabidiol products to the treatment of seizure disorders. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical in marijuana that produces a sense of euphoria.

Multiple Questions

Eau Claire County, Racine County and the city of Racine asked multiple questions about marijuana legalization.

In Eau Claire County, voters approved of legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational use by people 21 or older, provided it was taxed and regulated like alcohol and proceeds from taxes used for education, healthcare, and infrastructure. 

The vote was 29,564 for complete legalization to 14,958 for legalization only by prescription for medical use; 6,982 said it should remain illegal.

Racine County asked voters three questions about marijuana legalization. The numbers, with 63 of 69 precincts reporting:

  • Voters said marijuana should be legalized for medicinal use, 64,339-11,420.
  • Voters said marijuana be legalized and regulated for people 21 and older, 44,688-30,602.
  • Voters said marijuana sales should be taxed for state and local revenue, 60,156-14,376. 

The city of Racine asked four questions. the results, with 34 of 36 precincts reporting:

  • Voters said cannabis should be legalized for adult recreational use, 16,528-8,344.
  • Voters said cannabis be legalized for medical use, 21,720-3,054.
  • Voters said cannabis sales should be taxed and the revenue used for public education, health care, and infrastructure, 20,552-4,166.
  • Voters said cannabis should be decriminalized, 17,615-6,950.

Other states’ laws

Comprehensive medical marijuana programs are allowed in thirty-one states plus Washington, D.C., Guam and Puerto Rico.

Washington, D.C.; and nine states have legalized small amounts of marijuana for adult recreational use. Vermont was the most recent; its law went in effect on July 1.

Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have decriminalized small amounts of marijuana.

Source: Green Bay Gazette

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