Ballot measures to legalize marijuana either for medical or general adult use in eight states this fall provide opportunities to take significant steps toward nullifying federal prohibition in effect.

A handful of states will consider full legalization of cannabis for adults over 21, while others will consider legalizing marijuana for medical use. According to Ballotpedia, this is the largest number of states that have considered nullifying marijuana prohibition in a single election cycle. The ballot measures for this fall are as follows.


Marijuana legalization proponents have a 2nd chance to get the job done in California. Proposition 64, the “Adult Use of Marijuana Act,” was approved for the ballot this November. If passed, the state would tax and regulate recreational cannabis in a similar manner as alcohol. Individuals aged 21 or older could possess and grow small amounts of marijuana. It would mandate a state excise tax of 15 percent on retail marijuana sales with additional state cultivation taxes of $9.25 per ounce of flowers and $2.75 per ounce of leaves. Additional provisions contained within the referendum include the possible expungement of the criminal records of prior marijuana offender