The States that decided to Legalize Marijuana in 2016

November 14, 2016 By
Grow Contractors Marijuana Legalization by State

Well it happened (I can’t believe it yet), everyone went green this year and decided to legalize cannabis in one way or another. Which states legalized and what does it mean for you?

California: Amendment 64

Regulations have yet to be finalized, but so far we know:

  • Adults 21 and over can purchase cannabis.
  • Allowed to cultivate 6 mature and 6 immature plants.
  • Creates regulations for cultivation of industrial hemp.
  • Allows marijuana offenders to reduce or even expunge their sentences through an appeal process.
  • Cannabis ‘Czar’ will be appointed to oversee regulatory commission.
  • Licenses for Cultivation, Sales, Dispensaries.

Massachusetts: Question 4

  • Creates a ‘Cannabis Control Commission’ to oversee their new taxable and regulated industry.
  • Adults 21 and over can purchase cannabis.
  • Legalizes possession of up to an ounce of cannabis.
  • Allows cultivation of 6 plants.
  • Creates a ‘Cannabis Advisory Board’ which will research and study cannabis and cannabis products, to advise the commission.

Maine: Question 1

  • Places the Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry in control of cannabis taxation and regulation.
  • Legalizes possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis.
  • Legalizes cannabis ‘Social Clubs’.

Nevada: Question 2

  • Legalizes possession of up to 1 ounce of cannabis.
  • Allows cultivation of up to 6 plants for those who live more than 25 miles from a dispensary.


The following states passed medical laws which allow use for medical patients with debilitating diseases. They also allow for a caregiver to provide them cannabis when they are unable to.

  1. Florida- Amendment 2
  2. Arkansas- Issue 6
  3. North Dakota- Measure 5
  4. Montana I-182


Why did legalization fail in Arizona? It appears there was a good amount of opposition from lobbyist groups who also had well-placed ads all over the media during voting time. Add that to Arizona being a notoriously ‘red’ state, and it’s not too surprising.

I’m looking forward to all of these states finalizing their regulations, then we’ll really see the final results of all this.


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