Note: This article will be updated LIVE throughout the election as results come in- last updated November 10- 2:34 pmMST)
This election marked the biggest year in modern cannabis history. Four more states fully legalized weed — California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada — which puts nearly one-fourth of the population in areas that have rejected prohibition. In addition, four states voted to legalize marijuana for medical use —Arkansas, Montana, Florida and North Dakota.
A recent Gallup poll indicated that 60 percent of Americans favor legalization, and the nine states voting on legalization set a record high. Nearly 60 million Americans live in states that have abolished marijuana prohibitions, and another 24 million Americans find themselves in states with newly legal medical marijuana use.
So, what is the final polling on the ballot measures in each of these states? Here’s the results:
2016 Recreational Marijuana Ballot Initiatives
California, Proposition 64
Californians vote to legalize recreational use of marijuana in the state. The approval of the ballot measure creates the largest market for marijuana products in the U.S. It comes six years after California voters narrowly rejected a similar measure. Activists said passage would be an important moment in a fight for marijuana legalization across the U.S.
Massachusetts, Question 4
Question 4 in Massachusetts: Marijuana legalization is approved
Nevada, Question 2
Voters approved Question 2 — Legalize Marijuana — in Nevada on Tuesday. The initiative calls for legalizing the recreational use of one ounce or less of marijuana by adults 21 and over. Medical marijuana was legalized in Nevada in 2000
Maine, Question 1
Maine has declared Yes on 1 with a margin of less than 3,000 votes, and becomes the forth and last state to state to legalize recreational marijuana this year.
Arizona, Proposition 205
Arizona’s ballot measure to legalize marijuana trailed in early election results, and final unofficial tallies showed voters saying “no” to Proposition 205.
Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiatives
Four out of four states voted to legalize various medical marijuana provisions.
Arkansas, Issue 6
Issue 6, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, has been passed by Arkansas voters.
Florida, Amendment 2
Florida’s Amendment 2 for medical marijuana sweeps the polls with a huge win with the 70 to 30 split. Florida has become the first Southern state to have a comprehensive medical marijuana program.
Montana, Initiative 182
Montana Initiative 182 for medical marijuana passes. The Montana Secretary of State Office reports 57 percent for, with 257,112 votes and 43 percent against, with 194,268 votes.
North Dakota, Measure 5
Finally, there has been questions whether medical marijuana would pass in North Dakota. North Dakota voters overwhelmingly approved Measure 5, the North Dakota Compassionate Care Act by over 60 percent majority.
Marijuana laws as they stand
(This article has been updated LIVE throughout the election as results come in- last updated November 9- 2:32pm MST)
Here’s the final makeup of marijuana access in the United States post election:
Legal recreational marijuana is available in nine states — Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Washington — and the District of Columbia.
Legal medical marijuana is available in D.C. and 28 states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.