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Four States Might Legalize Marijuana This November

| by Ray Brown
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Marijuana legalization is likely to pass in several states where it's on the ballot this November.

Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada each have recreational marijuana measures on the ballot and the polls appear to show voters leaning towards approving the measures, according to the Washington Post.

In Arizona, A poll in August found that 50 percent of residents favored the new proposal while 40 percent opposed it. In Massachusetts, 53 percent are in favor and 40 percent are oppose the idea. In Nevada, 57 percent are for legalization, wile only 33 are against.

People in California also prefer legalization, 52 percent to 41 percent. That level of support might come as a surprise since it was the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996 but California's proposition includes heavy taxes on the plant, which medical marijuana providers fear will hurt their business.

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“Because of the double taxation and the permit fees, you are not going to have affordable medication,” Lanette Davies, a legal medical marijuana provider, told the Los Angeles Times. “The people who are going to suffer are those who are disabled, who are on low incomes. They are not going to be able to get life-saving medicine.”

Current tax on marijuana in California is 7.5 percent, but the new bill would add $9.25 per ounce of marijuana flowers, $2.75 per ounce of pot leaves, and $1.25 per ounce of immature pot plants, according to the Associated Press.

The new taxes are expected to raise more than $70 million for law enforcement and environmental cleanup.

Sources: Washington Post, Los Angeles Times (2) (3)/ Photo Credit: Jennifer Martin/Wikipedia

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