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Initiative to the Legislature 502

This measure would license and regulate marijuana production, distribution, and possession for persons over twenty-one; remove state-law criminal and civil penalties for activities that it authorizes; tax marijuana sales; and earmark marijuana-related revenues.

Should this measure be enacted into law?

Election results

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OptionVotesPct
Yes 1,593,680 55.48%
No 1,279,005 44.52%

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