Marijuana Media: Several States Passed Ballot Initiatives Legalizing Cannabis

Marijuana, not politics, is the winner of the 2016 election

Jay Lauren

2016 Election summary: voters overwhelmingly support patients’ rights in medical states; recreational marijuana passes in 4 states

Medical Marijuana Ballot Measures in the 2016 Election

Florida, Amendment 2

The Florida vote on Amendment 2, passed with 71% in favor of introducing medical marijuana in the Sunshine State. Florida state law requires a minimum 60% voter approval for ballot amendments – this had fallen just short during the previous vote in 2014, when it only achieved 57% in support.

The 2016 election’s huge swing in voter sentiment is a strong measure of how much the dialogue concerning marijuana has changed since 2014, as well as perceptions about medical acceptance and need for patient access. The vote in the 2014 election was drowned out by fear-mongering and anti-marijuana hype, rather than being focused on patients’ rights and choice.

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The Push for Marijuana Legalization Lands at the DNC

Marijuana has slowly been gaining legal status one state at a time. This November, Americans in five states will have the opportunity to vote for the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. Those states are Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada. Another four states—Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota— will vote on legalizing medical marijuana.

Recently, the American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp (ATACH) took their enthusiastic stance on legalization to the political arena by discussing it at the Democratic National Convention. Politicians and pot industry executives alike had the chance to address the issue in an attempt to convince those voting states to pass their bills.

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Grass Roots

ABC 7: Marijuana Kiosks. Ganjapreneur Sells Machines

Written by: Anica Padilla 9:28 AM, May 14, 2015

DENVER – A new kind of kiosk could change how marijuana dispensaries do business.

Dispensaries are cash-only businesses, which creates concern about theft and robberies.

The new kiosks work like a cash register and a vault – it accepts the money from customers and keeps it out of workers’ hands.

“We’re basically solving most of the problems that dispensaries face today,” said Karla Guarino, kiosk owner. “Whether that’s reconciliation at the end of the day, anxiety experienced by the bud tender in just having to manage the cash, the IRS tax purposes.”

The kiosks have already been installed in a handful of Colorado dispensaries.

The kiosk owners are now working to expand into Oregon and Washington.

View the original article and video here