Will the 2016 Election be the tipping point for cannabis legalization?

Check below for LIVE UPDATES as the results come in!

What You Need to Know

  • Nine states are voting on cannabis laws (as well as new local laws in Colorado and Oregon).
  • Most states are projected to pass, but it will be a tight race and every vote will count.
  • If all or most states pass, it could spell the end of federal cannabis prohibition.
  • RSVP now for Green Flower's post election live-stream this Thursday "Where Do We Go From Here" with top leaders in cannabis. 


November 9, 2016 7:40 a.m.

Technically Maine is still up in the air. Some media outlets have declared victory; others are saying it's too close to call.

Here are the states that have passed their cannabis initiatives:

  • California
  • Nevada
  • Massachusetts
  • North Dakota (medical)
  • Montana (medical)
  • Arkansas (medical)
  • Florida (medical)

The only certain holdout was Arizona, which voted against legalization by a few points.

November 9, 2016 5:20 a.m.

Cannabis legalization is still ahead in Maine but just barely. Technically this could still go either way with 90% of polls reporting (YES - 50.3%, NO - 49.7%).  

November 9, 2016 1:04 a.m.

Montana voters have passed Initiative 182, effectively legalizing medical cannabis for a second time in the state.

November 9, 2016 12:03 a.m.

Sources are confirming that Arizona voters haver rejected Proposition 205 to legalize cannabis with 52.2% voting no.

November 8, 2016 10:51 p.m.

With 83% of votes counted, Maine's recreational cannabis initiative is still leading, but by less than 6,000 votes.

November 8, 2016 10:35 p.m.

Arizona is still trailing by 4%, with 74% of votes being counted. Maine is still holding strong with a roughly 6,000 vote lead, but is going to come down to a photo finish with 81% of votes being counted. Montana is holding strong at 56% support with 47% of votes being counted.

Preliminary ballot results suggest that a recreational cannabis ban is failing in Pueblo County, Colorado.

November 8, 2016 10:17 p.m.

Maine Question 1 is holding steady with a slim 6,000 vote lead. Montana continues to hold steady at a 12% lead. Arizona is still trailing by 4%.

November 8, 2016 9:58 p.m.

Update summary - California, Nevada, and Massachusetts have voted to legalize recreational cannabis, with Arizona (currently losing) and Maine (currently winning) still counting votes for recreational initiatives. Florida, North Dakota, and Arkansas have voted to legalize medical cannabis, with Montana still counting votes (winning).

November 8, 2016 9:53 p.m.

Nevada officially legalized recreational cannabis.

November 8, 2016 9:39 p.m.

Arizona campaign states that it needs about 55% of the remaining votes left to be counted in order for legalization to pass. Currently 68% of the votes have been counted.

November 8, 2016 9:31 p.m.

With 70 percent of votes being counted in Maine, the recreational legalization initiative leads by a little over 7,000 votes.

November 8, 2016 9:21 p.m.

With 66% of the votes being counted, Arizona Proposition 205 (recreational) is losing by 6%.

November 8, 2016 9:14 p.m.

Summary update - California and Massachusetts have passed recreational, with Nevada currently winning by 6%, Arizona losing by 6%, and Maine winning by 2%. Florida, North Dakota, and Arkansas have legalized medical cannabis, with Montana's medical cannabis votes still being counted.

November 8, 2016 8:56 p.m.

Out of remaining recreational initiatives, Maine is leading by 2%, Nevada is leading by 6%, Arizona is losing by 3%, and Montana, the lone remaining medical initiative, is winning by 14%.

November 8, 2016 8:39 p.m.

Massachusetts has legalized recreational cannabis!

November 8, 2016 8:38 p.m.

Right now Maine, Massachusetts, Arizona, and Nevada are counting votes for recreational (California already declared a winner), and North Dakota, Arkansas, and Florida have already approved medical cannabis, with votes still being counted in Montana for I-182 which would restore Montana's medical cannabis law.

November 8, 2016 8:27 p.m.

Arkansas has been declared as being victorious, making Arkansas the 28th state to legalize medical cannabis!

November 8, 2016 8:25 p.m.

With 2% reporting in Nevada, the legalization initiative is up 8%. Massachusetts is up 6% with over 60% of votes being counted. Maine is up 2%. Arizona is still trailing. But the biggest domino of all, California, has been projected as winning by the Associated Press.

November 8, 2016 8:15 p.m.

Marijuana Majority just declared victory in California!

November 8, 2016 8:00 p.m.

Polls have officially closed in California. Early counts in Nevada show the initiative losing, but it's still early. Arizona is also losing, with 24% of the votes being counted. Massachusetts has a 6% lead with over half the votes being counted, which is a significant lead all things considered. Maine rounds out the recreational states and has a 2 percent lead with 38% of votes being counted.

November 8, 2016 7:49 p.m.

Florida and North Dakota initiatives both passed, making them the 26th and 27th states to legalize medical cannabis respectively. Montana is still sitting at 3% reporting with a 12% lead for the medical cannabis initiative. Arkansas has counted 35% of the votes, and Issue 6 (medical) is winning by 2%

November 8, 2016 7:46 p.m.

With almost half of votes being counted in Massachusetts, Question 4 (recreational) has a six point lead. Maine Question 1 (recreational) has a two percent lead with 31% of votes being counted. Arizona is still trailing. But the victory has officially been declared in North Dakota, making North Dakota the 27th state to legalize medical cannabis!

November 8, 2016 7:40 p.m.

Polls close in California in 20 minutes. All eyes will be on California, which is home to the sixth largest economy on the planet, and estimated to be home to HALF of America's entire cannabis industry. Proposition 64 would legalize recreational cannabis for adults 21 and over.

November 8, 2016 7:37 p.m.

In Denver Initiative 300 is winning 50.6%-49.4%. Initiative 300 would legalize consumption of cannabis in public places with prior neighborhood approval. It would be a 'first of its kind' measure if it passed and will be closely watched throughout the evening.

November 8, 2016 7:33 p.m.

Reports are coming in that voters in Newark, Ohio appear to have passed a decriminalization measure (up to 200 grams!).

November 8, 2016 7:29 p.m.

With 12% of votes being counted, Arizona Proposition 205 (recreational) is losing by 8% points, the only trailing initiative that has reported thus far tonight. California (recreational) will start counting votes at 8 p.m. PST.

November 8, 2016 7:21 p.m.

With 49% of votes counted in North Dakota, Measure 5 (medical cannabis) has a commanding 24% lead and appears to be on its way to victory. If so, North Dakota would become the 27th medical state in America, with Florida becoming the 26th state earlier this evening.

November 8, 2016 7:15 p.m.

Initial results out of Montana show the medical cannabis initiative (I-182) winning.

November 8, 2016 7:08 p.m.

Results are finally coming in out of Arizona. Proposition is losing but very few precincts have reported so far. Votes are now being counted in Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, North Dakota, Arkansas, Arizona, Montana, and Nevada. Florida approved medical cannabis legalization eariler this evening, and California polls close at 8 p.m. PST.

November 8, 2016 7:00 p.m.

Polls closed in Montana now, I-182 would re-institute Montana's original medical cannabis program. Polls also closed in Nevada.

November 8, 2016 6:58 p.m.

North Dakota (medical) has a 21% lead with 25% of votes being counted, and appears to be on its way to victory. Massachusetts (rec), Maine (rec) and Arkansas (medical) all lead. Still no results out of Arizona. Polls closing soon in California (rec), Nevada (rec), and Montana (medical).

November 8, 2016 6:50 p.m.

North Dakota is up by 20% with 20% of votes being counted. The lead has grown throughout the night as more and more votes have been counted.

November 8, 2016 6:45 p.m.

North Dakota, Massachusetts, Maine and Arkansas are all winning right now. Still no results out of Arizona. Florida voters approved medical cannabis legalization earlier tonight.

November 8, 2016 6:37 p.m.

Arizona has still yet to report any numbers. North Dakota is up 12% with 10% of votes being counted. Massachusetts has a 4% lead with 16% of votes being counted. Maine and Arkansas both have 2% leads.

November 8, 2016 6:30 p.m.

With 14% of precincts reporting, Massachusetts has a 4% lead.

November 8, 2016 6:17 p.m.

Update - Arizona (no reporting), North Dakota (54% support), Massachusetts (51% support), Maine (53% support) and Arkansas (51%). The rest of the states will have polling places closing soon.

November 8, 2016 6:15 p.m.

Marijuana Majority points out "Massachusetts marijuana legalization measure is basically 50% - 50% BUT no votes from Boston have been counted yet."

November 8, 2016 6:10 p.m.

Maine (54% yes), Massachusetts (50%/50%), Arkansas (51% yes), North Dakota (56% yes), Arizona (no results yet) all have votes being counted currently.

November 8, 2016 6:00 p.m.

With 1% of precincts reporting in Maine, Question 1 is leading by 4%. With 3% of votes counted in Massachusetts, the legalization initiative is winning by 2%. Arkansas also has 1% reporting, with a 4% lead. North Dakota is also at 1% reporting, but has a healthy lead at 56% support. Polls have also completely closed in North Dakota (2 time zones) and Arizona (recreational cannabis).

November 8, 2016 5:44 p.m.

Results from Arkansas (medical), Maine (recreational) and Massachusetts (recreational) are slowly trickling in, with all three initiatives too close to call.

November 8, 2016 5:30 p.m.

Polls just closed in Florida. The Associated Press has officially called victory in Florida. Votes are still being counted in Maine and Massachusetts, and parts of North Dakota (North Dakota straddles two time zones).

November 8, 2016 5:21 p.m.

Early returns out of Massachusetts show Question 4 winning by 2 percent, but with only 1% of precincts reporting.

November 8, 2016 5:18 p.m.

With 53% of precincts reporting, and all reporting counties showing support for Amendment 2, Florida appears to be on its way to legalizing medical cannabis!

November 8, 2016 5:11 p.m.

With 40% of precincts reporting, Florida medical cannabis is leading 70% to 30%, Florida appears to be on it's way to legalizing medical cannabis!

November 8, 2016 5:00 p.m.

Polls have now closed in Maine and Massachusetts. Florida has a strong lead, but has yet to be called an official 'victory'

November 8, 2016 4:58 p.m.

Florida is up to 10% reporting now, with the lead unchanged according to the Associated Press.

November 8, 2016 4:52 p.m.

With 7% of precincts reporting in Florida, the math remains unchanged (69% support). In 8 minutes polls will close in Massachusetts and Maine where recreational cannabis legalization is on the ballot.

November 8, 2016 4:44 p.m.

With 216 of 6027 Precincts Reporting in Florida, Amendment 2 is holding strong at 69% to 31% support according to the Associated Press

November 8, 2016 4:38 p.m.

Per Marijuana Majority "Florida medical marijuana measure is winning *every* county where votes have been counted so far..."

November 8, 2016 4:33 p.m.

With 2% of Florida precincts reporting, Amendment 2 is holding steady at 69% to 31% supporting the initiative

November 8, 2016 4:30 p.m.

With 1% of precincts reporting in Florida, Amendment 2 is winning 69% to 31%

November 8, 2016 4:22 p.m.

As votes continue to trickle in, the lead continues to grow in Florida - 248,436 'yes' votes to 104,942 'no' votes

November 8, 2016 4:17 p.m.

The lead continues to grow in Florida, although voting is still early (less than 1% of precincts reporting) - 133,084 'yes' votes to 60,667 'no' votes

November 8, 2016 4:11 p.m.

Associated Press reports first numbers out of Florida - 34,852 'yes' votes to 19,989 'no' votes

November 8, 2016 4:00 p.m.

Polls have just closed in most of Florida. The rest of the state closes in an hour, at 8 PM ET. Results should start rolling in slowly.

November 8, 2016 9:05 a.m.

Live updates will start rolling at approximately 4 p.m. PST once East Coast closing polls start to come in. Polls close at the followinng times (EST):

Florida - 7:00 PM

Massachusetts - 8:00 PM

Maine - 8:00 PM

Arkansas - 8:30 PM

Nevada - 9:00 PM

Arizona - 9:00 PM

North Dakota - 10:00 PM

Montana - 10:00 PM

California - 11:00 PM


(Editor's note: register now to join us for our FREE post election live-stream "Where Do We Go From Here" with Ethan Nadelmann, Executive Director with Drug Policy Alliance, Keith Stroup, Founder of NORML, Troy Dayton, Founder of ArcView Group, Aaron Smith, Executive Director with National Cannabis Industry Association, Betty Aldworth, Executive Director with Students For Sensible Drug Policy, and Morgan Fox, Communications Manager for the Marijuana Policy Project.)

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