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Marijuana is Now Legal in These 16 States

Four states just passed laws legalizing the drug.

Although the future President wasn't officially declared, there was one clear winner on election night: marijuana. Five states passed legislation supporting the funny-smelling green herb, with four taking extreme measures to legalize it for adults, and reap the benefits via taxes. These states joined the 11 who have already legalized recreational pot—Alaska, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington state. "Cannabis won, and won big," Boris Jordan, chairman of Curaleaf Holdings Inc., one of the largest cannabis companies, told Bloomberg. "It's a green landslide." Read on to discover the five states that went green on Tuesday night, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.



Phoenix Arizona with its downtown lit by the last rays of sun at the dusk.

Arizona voters endorsed Proposition 207, allowing adults over 18 possession of one ounce of marijuana and also gives them the right to have up to six plants in their home. However, they do have to fork over 16% tax onto the retail price of their Mary Jane—in addition to the ⅚% state sales tax.

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Sunset in Montana

In Montana it is now legal to possess and use one ounce of marijuana due to the passing of I-190. They can also grow up to four plants and four seedlings. However, they will have to pay 20% in sales tax when purchasing the drug. 

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New Jersey


Question 1, a measure allowing for the recreational use of marijuana, passed in New Jersey. Anyone buying pot will have to pay the state sales tax of 6.625% plus any additional local taxes. 


South Dakota

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In South Dakota, residents are now allowed to possess one ounce of marijuana, per Amendment A. The tax, 15% excise tax will go toward the state's general fund as well as public schools. If people live in an area with no stores selling the herb, they can grow up to three plants within a locked space, keeping no more than six at a time in their home. 

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Mississippi welcome sign with the words "Birthplace of America's Music"

The southern state voted to legalize medical marijuana as part of Initiative 64. Now, doctors are allowed to prescribe cannabis to treat 22 approved medical conditions — including cancer, Crohn's disease, and persistent nausea. Buyers will pay a 7% tax and are only able to possess 5 ounces or less. As for yourself, smoke responsibly and act responsibly: Wear a face mask, practice social distancing, and to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Leah Groth
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