24* states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical cannabis. That’s 54% of the U.S. population. This November, another 8% may join that total, as Montana, North Dakota, Arkansas, and Florida have medical cannabis on their ballots. Governing lists polling data on some of these ballot questions:
- Arkansas: 58% for, 34% against (one poll).
- Florida: 70% for, 22% against (average of ten polls).
- Montana: no polls, but opponents out-fundraising proponents $124K to $55K.
- North Dakota: 47% for, 41% against (one poll).
Recreational use of marijuana is legal in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and the District of Columbia, allowing less than six of the nation’s population to toke up in their home states. That percentage could jump to over 10% when five more states vote on recreational pot ballot measures in November:
- Arizona: Supporters outraising opponents 3 to 1, but July poll found 39% for, 52.5% against.
- California: Supporters outraising opponents $11M to $186K, polls showing 60% support.
- Maine: 54% for, 42% against (multiple polls).
- Massachusetts: 48% for, 42% against (average of six polls).
- Nevada: 50% for, 41% against; supporters out-fundraising and out-advertising opponents.
South Dakota had a shot at voting on medical cannabis this year, but both Secretary of State Shantel Krebs and Judge Mark Barnett found New Approach South Dakota’s ballot initiative petition lacked sufficient signatures to make the ballot.
*The source I consult counts 25 states. Montana passed a medical marijuana measure in 2004, but the Montana Legislature repealed it in 2011.