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Which Other States Also Legalized Marijuana?

A color-coded map of state cannabis laws. (Lokal_Profil, CC BY-SA 2.5)

California cannabis users weren’t the only ones celebrating the legalization of weed in their state when this year’s election results came in. Nine — count ’em — nine states had marijuana measures on the ballot.

Let’s take a look at the results of other states’ marijuana measures in the 2016 election. Which states puffed, and which states passed?



The only marijuana measure that failed in this November’s election was Arizona’s Proposition 205, a recreational marijuana measure that lost by 48 percent to 52 percent.

Recreational marijuana has now been legalized in eight states and the District of Columbia. 


Arkansas voters approved the medical marijuana with the passage of Issue 6, though the state’s Department of Health will not begin issuing medical marijuana cards for at least 120 days.


Amendment 2 passed overwhelmingly in Florida, though it was just a medical marijuana measure. Medical cards and cannabis will not be issued in Florida until September 2017.


In a squeaker that was not decided until two days after the election, Question 1 approved recreational marijuana in Maine. Opponents are requesting a recount.


Question 4 was approved by Massachusetts voters, who can smoke recreational marijuana effective December 15 of this year.


Montana’s CI-115 expanded patients’ existing medical marijuana state laws, though Montana still remains a medical-only cannabis state.


Our neighbors in Nevada also approved recreational marijuana with the passage of Question 2, though it does not take effect until January 1, 2017. Furthermore, sales of recreational marijuana won’t begin in Nevada until 2018. Still, your drive to Burning Man just got a little less risky.

North Dakota

North Dakota’s Measure 5 was successful, and medical marijuana  will be legal in North Dakota 30 days after the election.