In Focus: Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Marijuana, Minimum-Wage and Paid-Sick-Leave Measures

In Focus: Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Marijuana, Minimum-Wage and Paid-Sick-Leave Measures

This Election Day, voters decided on many state ballot measures that impact the workplace. Here's a summary of the results.  

Most Marijuana Measures Pass

Measures to legalize recreational use of marijuana have been approved by voters in California, Massachusetts and Nevada. A measure in Arizona failed, and the results of Maine's ballot initiative are still being reviewed.

Additionally, voters in Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota approved the medicinal use of marijuana, and Montana voters agreed to lessen some restrictions on the state's existing medicinal marijuana law. 

 (New York Times) (SHRM Online)

Marjiuana Laws By State

Nov. Ballot Measures:
Medical use
Recreational use
Existing Laws:
Medical use only
Legalized recreational and medical use
States that permit limited use of low-THC products are not highlighted on this map.
Click on a state for more information about its marijuana laws.

All Proposed Wage Hikes Approved

Arizona, Colorado and Maine residents will see the minimum wage gradually increase until it reaches $12 an hour in 2020. Washington state's minimum wage will reach $13.50 by 2020.

South Dakota voters didn't approve a measure to reduce the minimum wage for workers under age 18.

(Huffington Post) (NPR)

Paid Sick Leave in Arizona and Washington

As part of the minimum-wage measures in Arizona and Washington state, voters also supported mandatory paid sick leave for employees in their respective states.

(SHRM Online) (CNBC)

Right-to-Work Laws

In Alabama, an existing right-to-work law will now be incorporated into the state constitution. Virginians voted down a similar measure, although the state will still have a statutory right-to-work law (Washington Post) (New York Times).

ColoradoCare Rejected

Coloradans decided against a measure that would have created a single-payer health care system for residents of the state.

(Fortune) (SHRM Online)

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