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Nearly A Fifth Of California Local Ballot Measures Were Marijuana-Related, Analysis Shows



California voters approved marijuana legalization back in 2016, but this year’s midterm election also saw cannabis on ballots across the Golden State. More than 100 local marijuana-related measures went before voters last month.

In fact, marijuana measures represented 16 percent of the total number of local ballot initiatives across the state, according to a new analysis from Ballotpedia. The bulk of those measures concerned cannabis tax policy.

“Of the 726 measures on local ballots, 48 percent were tax measures (excluding marijuana taxes), 23 percent were bond issues, and 16 percent were marijuana-related measures, with the remaining measures covering various topics.”

Here’s what that looks like in a pie chart: 

Via Ballotpedia.

Ballotpedia found that 84 percent of the cannabis measures passed and 16 percent were defeated.

Via Ballotpedia.

There were more than 90 California cities and counties that had marijuana on the ballot, some with multiple questions. And while cannabis tax policy was the most common, voters also weighed in on other measures like permitting marijuana delivery services in Malibu.

Lesser-Known Marijuana Votes You Might Have Missed On Election Day

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Kyle Jaeger is Marijuana Moment's Sacramento-based managing editor. His work has also appeared in High Times, VICE and attn.


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