Friday, March 10, 2017

Thoughts on Marijuana - Update

On October 20, we posted a blog entry with some of my thoughts about marijuana. Now that the November elections are complete, I thought I would go back and revisit this topic.

What may have gotten lost in the conversation regarding the presidential election were the results regarding marijuana. There were significant developments in regards to legalization.

California, Nevada, and Massachusetts all passed measures legalizing recreational marijuana. In California, the passage of Proposition 64 means adults 21 and over can now possess an ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants in their residence.

In Nevada and Massachusetts, adults will be able to legally possess up to one ounce of marijuana. This will go into effect on December 15 in Massachusetts and in Nevada on January 1.

A similar proposal was on the ballot in Maine, and appeared to pass with a slim margin. At the time of this writing, opponents of the ballot measure are pushing for a recount, so we will keep our eye on that.

These states join others that have already passed similar measures (Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Arkansas), as well as the increasing number of states that allow medical marijuana or cannabis oil for their residents.

Regardless of how you feel about this subject, it is hard not to be a bit taken aback by the speed at which marijuana laws are being passed. Will the movement continue at this pace going forward? What will the new administration have to say about this? What do you who work in the field have to say?

Please feel free to comment below. We would love to hear from you.

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