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States with Proposed Cannabis Legalization in 2020

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Five states with cannabis legalization measures will be voted on the November 2020 ballot. Click the links below to read about what to know and do if these measures pass.

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Arizona

A highly-supported ballot initiative known as the Smart and Safe Arizona Act would legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona.

If approved by voters, the following would be enacted by Spring 2021:

  • Legalize the possession and use of recreational marijuana for adults (age 21 years or older).

  • Allow people to grow no more than six marijuana plants for personal use in their residence, as long as the plants are within an enclosed area with a lock and beyond public view.

  • Make the Arizona Department of Health and Human Services (AZDHS) responsible for adopting rules to regulate marijuana, including the licensing of marijuana retail stores, cultivation facilities, and production facilities. This would establish approximately one hundred fifty recreational marijuana dispensaries, which equates to one for every ten pharmacies in the state and an additional twenty-six licenses to be granted through a Social Equity Program.

  • Require the department to first accept “early license applications” between January 19, 2021 and March 9, 2021, from nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries and entities operating within counties with fewer than two nonprofit dispensaries. AZDHS will then work to issue licenses to qualified early applicants within sixty days of receiving an application.

  • One needs to be either of the following to qualify as an ”early applicant”:

    • Seek to operate a marijuana establishment in a county with less than two registered nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries, or

    • Be currently operating as a nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary registered in good standing.

  • Place a 16 percent tax on marijuana sales.

  • Provide local governments with the power to ban marijuana facilities and testing centers and give local control over elements of regulation, zoning, and licensing.

  • Allow anyone convicted of certain marijuana-related crimes to petition for the expungement of the criminal record starting on July 12, 2021.

What to do right now

Grab a Starter Package, as it shows you everything you need to know, do, and prepare – from beginning to end – when starting your Arizona Marijuana Business.

Things you should consider:

  • Figure out what business types work best for you, your partners, your budget, and your skills. So many clients start out wanting one business and realize another is actually a better fit for their situation. The Starter Package goes over this in great detail.

  • Find a business location – Research whether your prospective cities currently or will allow marijuana businesses in the future and start finding a compliant property. Details for how to find this info is included in the Starter Package.

  • Know how much capital you need – understand the general costs and steps for starting all marijuana businesses and put together a thorough Business Plan since you’ll need this for licensing anyways.

What to know and do once it passes?

Once the measure passes, you can not get licensed right away. So you need to be well-prepared for when the state will begin accepting licensing applications, which is supposed to happen by April 2021.

If you wait until the state announces details, your competition blow by you, as they’ve been preparing for months (or years) for this moment. Don’t get left behind! We see it happening all the time.

Here’s a quick overview of the details and items to work on right now, that’ll be required for starting a recreational marijuana business in Arizona.

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Montana

Montana was able to submit two complementary marijuana legalization initiatives for the November 2020 ballot as they gathered over 130,000 signatures from different counties across the state.

The first measure I-190 is a statutory change that would start a regulated cannabis market for adult use AKA recreational marijuana. The second initiative CI-118 is a constitutional amendment that set the legal minimum age for purchasing, consuming, or possessing marijuana at 21, so without its passage, adults aged 18 and older would be able to purchase cannabis.

If approved by voters, the following would be enacted:

  • Purchase and possession of up to one ounce of marijuana for adults 21 and older will become legal.

  • The state Department of Revenue (Department) will be the one to establish rules and issue licenses to marijuana businesses, including providers (cultivators and infused product manufacturers) and dispensaries.

  • The Department will also establish rules for existing medical marijuana providers and permit them to begin sales to adults no later than April 1, 2021.

  • The Department is required to begin accepting applications for new business licenses no later than January 1, 2022.

  • Creates a 20% tax on the sale of marijuana products.

  • Allows local governments to regulate, ban, or restrict businesses within their jurisdiction, provided that any ban on dispensaries must be approved through a local voter referendum.

What to do right now

Grab a Starter Package, as it shows you everything you need to know, do, and prepare – from beginning to end – when starting your Montana Marijuana Business.

Things you should consider:

  • Figure out what business types work best for you, your partners, your budget, and your skills. So many clients start out wanting one business and realize another is actually a better fit for their situation. The Starter Package goes over this in great detail.

  • Find a business location – Research whether your prospective cities currently or will allow marijuana businesses in the future and start finding a compliant property. Details for how to find this info is included in the Starter Package.

  • Know how much capital you need – understand the general costs and steps for starting all marijuana businesses and put together a thorough Business Plan.

What to know and do once it passes?

Once the measure passes, you can not get licensed right away. So you need to be well-prepared for when the state will begin accepting licensing applications, which is supposed to happen by January 1, 2022.

If you wait until the state announces details, your competition blow by you, as they’ve been preparing for months (or years) for this moment. Don’t get left behind! We see it happening all the time.

Here’s a quick overview of the details and items to work on right now, that’ll be required for starting a recreational marijuana business in Montana.

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Mississippi

In Mississippi, there are two versions of medical marijuana amendment that will appear on the November 2020 ballot. The voters will decide between Initiative 65 and Alternative 65A.

Initiative 65, that was put forward by citizen advocates, would enact the following:

  • Patients with qualifying conditions are allowed to use medical marijuana.

  • Only licensed treatment centers (dispensaries) are allowed to provide medical marijuana.

  • Create a system to permit caregivers to administer cannabis to debilitated individuals.

  • The Mississippi State Department of Health would regulate and enforce the provisions of this amendment.

Alternative 65A, that was voted by the state legislature in March 2020, would enact the following:

  • Restrict the ability to smoke marijuana to terminally ill patients

  • State-licensed manufacturers are required to produce marijuana products at a pharmaceutical grade.

  • Treatment to be overseen by licensed physicians, nurses, and pharmacists;

  • Patients to be enrolled in a registry.

  • Let the state legislature set the details for qualifying conditions, possession limits, or tax rate.

Both measures will change the Mississippi Constitution to establish a medical marijuana program in the state for individuals with a debilitating medical condition.

What to do right now

Grab a Starter Package, as it shows you everything you need to know, do, and prepare – from beginning to end – when starting your Mississippi Marijuana Business.

Things you should consider:

  • Figure out what business types work best for you, your partners, your budget, and your skills. So many clients start out wanting one business and realize another is actually a better fit for their situation. The Starter Package goes over this in great detail.

  • Find a business location – Research whether your prospective cities currently or will allow marijuana businesses in the future and start finding a compliant property. Details for how to find this info is included in the Starter Package.

  • Know how much capital you need – understand the general costs and steps for starting all marijuana businesses and put together a thorough Business Plan.

What to know and do once it passes?

Once the measure passes, you can not get licensed right away. So you need to be well-prepared for when the state will begin accepting licensing applications, which is supposed to happen by August 15, 2021.

If you wait until the state announces details, your competition blow by you, as they’ve been preparing for months (or years) for this moment. Don’t get left behind! We see it happening all the time.

Here’s a quick overview of the details and items to work on right now, that’ll be required for starting a medical marijuana business in Mississippi.

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New Jersey

A marijuana legalization measure will appear on the November 2020 ballot, known as the New Jersey Marijuana Legalization Amendment.

If approved, it will enact the following on January 1, 2021:

  • possession and consumption of marijuana will become legal for adults 21 and older.

  • legalization of cultivation, processing, and sale of retail marijuana.

  • charge the legislature with authorizing the Cannabis Regulatory Commission, or a successor agency, to regulate legal cannabis;

  • limit state taxes on retail sales to the sales tax rate, which is currently 6.625%; and allow municipal retail taxes of up to 2%.

What to do right now

Grab a Starter Package, as it shows you everything you need to know, do, and prepare – from beginning to end – when starting your New Jersey Marijuana Business.

Things you should consider:

  • Figure out what business types work best for you, your partners, your budget, and your skills. So many clients start out wanting one business and realize another is actually a better fit for their situation. The Starter Package goes over this in great detail.

  • Find a business location – Research whether your prospective cities currently or will allow marijuana businesses in the future and start finding a compliant property. Details for how to find this info is included in the Starter Package.

  • Know how much capital you need – understand the general costs and steps for starting all marijuana businesses and put together a thorough Business Plan since you’ll need this for licensing anyways.

What to know and do once it passes?

Once the measure passes, you can not get licensed right away. So you need to be well-prepared for when the state will begin accepting licensing applications.

If you wait until the state announces details, your competition blow by you, as they’ve been preparing for months (or years) for this moment. Don’t get left behind! We see it happening all the time.

Here’s a quick overview of the details and items to work on right now, that’ll be required for starting a recreational marijuana business in New Jersey.

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South Dakota

Two proposals will be on the November 2020 ballot. If both are approved, they will enact the following:

Measure 26

  • Establish a medical marijuana program for patients who have a debilitating medical condition as certified by a physician.

  • Allow qualified patients to possess a maximum of 3 ounces of marijuana.

  • Allow registered patients to grow three plants at home or another amount as prescribed by a physician.

Amendment A

  • Legalize recreational use of marijuana for adults 21 years and older.

  • Require the state legislature to pass laws that will regulate medical marijuana program and permit the sale of hemp by April 1, 2022.

  • Set a tax of 15% for marijuana sales.

  • Allow the local (city) governments to ban marijuana cultivators, testing facilities, wholesalers, or retail stores from operating in city limits.

What to do right now

Grab a Starter Package, as it shows you everything you need to know, do, and prepare – from beginning to end – when starting your South Dakota Marijuana Business.

Things you should do now:

  • Figure out what business types work best for you, your partners, your budget, and your skills. So many clients start out wanting one business and realize another is actually a better fit for their situation. The Starter Package goes over this in great detail.

  • Find a business location – Research whether your prospective cities currently or will allow marijuana businesses in the future and start finding a compliant property. Details for how to find this info is included in the Starter Package.

  • Know how much capital you need – understand the general costs and steps for starting all marijuana businesses and put together a thorough Business Plan.

What to do once it passes?

Once the measure passes, you can not get licensed right away. So you need to be well-prepared for when the state will begin accepting licensing applications, which is supposed to happen by April 2022.

If you wait until the state announces details, your competition blow by you, as they’ve been preparing for months (or years) for this moment. Don’t get left behind! We see it happening all the time.

Here’s a quick overview of the details and items to work on right now, that’ll be required for starting a medical or recreational marijuana business in South Dakota.

With these states pending to vote on recreational and medical cannabis, things are moving on the positive side. The steady sales of cannabis are just proof that the industry continues to flourish. If more and more states acknowledge the positive economic impact of legalizing marijuana, then we may anticipate an increase in the number of states allowing both medical and recreational use of marijuana.

If you want to know more about the cannabis industry, then you should check out our [Starter Package] for it will give you a better understanding of this venture. Interested entrepreneurs may also find it helpful as it covers everything you need to do to get your business started from beginning to end.

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