Voters in nine states will go to the polls on Election Day and cast votes on statewide ballot measures to legalize and regulate the use and distribution of marijuana.
In five states (Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada), voters will decide on initiatives to legalize the adult use of marijuana, and to regulate and tax the commercial production and retail sale of cannabis products. Recent polls in California, Maine, and Massachusetts find these measures leading with voters by a comfortable margin, while races in Arizona and Nevada remain extremely close.
In four states (Arkansas, Florida, Montana, and North Dakota), voters will decide on measures regulating the use and dispensing of marijuana to those who possess a doctor’s recommendation and qualifying illnesses. Passage of these initiatives would permit the use of medical marijuana in a total of 29 states.
“The stakes have never been higher,” says NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano. “Passage of these measures will send an unmistakable message to Washington, DC that the American public are sick and tired of the failures of marijuana prohibition and that they are ready to embrace regulatory alternatives.”
NORML provides summaries and updated polling data for all nine of these ballot measures: http://norml.org/election-2016. NORML also graded all 535 members of the US Congress and all 50 state Governors based upon their voting records and upon their views specific to marijuana policy. To view this data, visit: http://norml.org/election-2016.
NORML staff will be available for comment on Election Night at: , and will be live-blogging Election Night results as they come in at: http://www.norml.org.