Recreational Marijuana May be a Reality in 5 States in 2016

September 23, 2016

Recreational marijuana initiatives are set to be in the hands of voters in five states in just six weeks. Across the nation, acceptance of marijuana is increasing. The tax revenue in states where recreational marijuana is already legal is helping local economies and school systems. That can become a reality for five more states in November.


Question 2 is Nevada’s ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana. The tax revenue would be distributed to public education for grades K – 12. If the measure passes, all recreational marijuana sales will include a 15-percent tax.

If Question 2 passes, adults ages 21 and older will be able to:

  • Possess 1 ounce of marijuana flower
  • Possess 1/8 of an ounce of concentrates
  • Grow up to 6 plants in a secluded, locked area
  • Homes with multiple adults can possess up to 12 plants total

Local governments in Nevada will be able to set individual regulations for marijuana business operations or ban operations.


Question 4 in Massachusetts would legalize recreational marijuana for adults ages 21 and older. The proposed law would allow qualifying adults to possess less than 10-ounces of marijuana/marijuana-infused products within their home. In public, up to one ounce of marijuana could be carried in your pocket or purse.

Other inclusions of the proposed law are:

  • Growing up to 6 plants at home
  • Retail sales impose a 3.75-percent tax
  • Local municipalities can charge an additional 2-percent tax
  • Law would take effect on December 15, 2016
  • The tax dollars collected from retail marijuana sales would fund the administrative costs of the new program. Those breaking the new law’s fines and fees would also go to the Marijuana Regulation Fund to assist with the cost of operating the program.


Question 1 in Main would legalize possession of up to 2.5 ounces of prepared marijuana for adults ages 21 and older. Qualifying adults would also be permitted to possess up to 2.5 ounces of flower. Home grows will be permitted – allowing 6 plants in immature/seedling stages.

Additional regulations to be imposed:

  • Transport/growth of 6 mature plants
  • Purchasing as many as 12 seedlings
  • Civil citations of $100 for public consumption of marijuana
  • 10-percent tax rate on all recreational sales.
  • Local jurisdictions will be able to create individual regulations for marijuana businesses, or choose to ban the industry from their municipality.


Proposition 64 in California will legalize the possession of up to 28.5 grams of marijuana flower for adults ages 21 and older. Qualifying adults will also be permitted to possess up to 8-grams of concentrate.

Additional regulations:

  • Consumption in private homes or licensed businesses only.
  • Home cultivation of up to 6 plants in a secure location out of public view
  • 15-percent tax on retail sales

Cultivators will have to pay taxes at a rate of $9.25 per ounce of flower and $2.75 per ounce of leaves.


Prop 205 would legalize recreational marijuana use in Arizona for adults ages 21 and older. Tax dollars would benefit public health programs, mental health programs, public education and some law enforcement programs.

Additional regulations:

  • Possession of 1 ounce of marijuana (including amounts in marijuana-infused products/concentrates)
  • Grow up to 6 plants at home in a secure area
  • 15-percent tax on retail sales
  • Arizona would impose a $300 fine for infractions of the new laws.
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