Voters in different states across the country will have the chance to vote on various psychedelics and cannabis measures at the state and local level in November. Legislators and advocates have been working hard to get local psychedelics reform and marijuana decriminalization measures on their ballots before this cycle ends. Below is a list of some of the states whose measures will appear on next month’s ballot.
The city council of Philadelphia recently placed a measure on the local ballot that urged the state to enact legalization of marijuana. The initiative states that citizens of Philadelphia call upon the governor and the Pennsylvania General Assembly to approve legislation that will decriminalize, tax and regulate the sale and use of marijuana for nonmedical purposes to individuals aged 21 and above.
While the measure will not make any immediate changes to the law if it is passed by voters, it will put pressure on state lawmakers to act on the legalization bills being filed.
Municipalities of Ohio
Voters in more than a dozen municipalities in the state of Ohio will also get a chance to approve ballot measures on cannabis decriminalization in November. These measures will be brought before voters in Yorkville, Tiltonsville, Rayland, Powhatan Point, New Straitsville, New Lexington, Murray City, Mount Pleasant, Morristown, McArthur, Martins Ferry, Laurelville, Dillonvale and Brookside.
Currently, 22 jurisdictions in the state have already adopted statutes decriminalizing marijuana possession.
Now activists have succeeded in getting a marijuana proposal that will decrease the local punishment for low-level cannabis possession to the lowest penalty permitted by state law on next month’s ballot. The lowest penalty translates to a fine of $0 and 0 days in jail.
In the state of Michigan, activists in Detroit have succeeded in placing an initiative on the ballot that would decriminalize psychedelics such as ayahuasca and psilocybin.
Recently, a pair of senators in the state introduced a measure that would legalize the delivery, growing and possession of various fungi and plant-derived psychedelics, including mescaline and psilocybin. The measure’s approval would prompt legislators to seriously consider broader reform.
Colorado was one of the first states to legalize the use of cannabis for recreational purposes. Now legislators are hoping that voters will approve the LEAP initiative, which would increase marijuana taxes to fund programs that have been designed to decrease the education gaps for studies from low-income families.
The program, known as the Learning Enrichment and Academic Progress program, will also give middle- and low-income families a small stipend to have children take part in summer learning, tutoring and after-school activities.
As more jurisdictions enact marijuana market laws, companies such as American Cannabis Partners that operate on a multistate model will have plenty of options to choose from as they expand their footprint across the country.
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