WHAT HAPPENS IF IT PASSES?
If voters approve the ballot question, it would amend the state constitution to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for people 21 and over. It would also legalize the cultivation, processing and sale of cannabis in a retail setting.
Passage of the amendment wouldn't affect the state's regulation of medical cannabis and hemp.
Here's Public Question 1, as it appears on the ballot:
"Do you approve amending the Constitution to legalize a controlled form of marijuana called 'cannabis?' Only adults at least 21 years of age could use cannabis. The state commission created to oversee the state's medical cannabis program would also oversee the new, personal use cannabis market. Cannabis products would be subject to the state sales tax. If authorized by the Legislature, a municipality may pass a local ordinance to charge a local tax on cannabis products."
The amendment would take effect on Jan. 1, 2021. But state lawmakers and the Cannabis Regulatory Commission would still need to hammer out the finer points, such as how much marijuana people could legally possess and whether people will be allowed to grow cannabis at home.