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While Five States Vote To Legalize Cannabis, More Than 50 Oregon Cities Say No

Katelyn Baker

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One-quarter of the United States - and all the residents of the West Coast - could have access to recreational marijuana after Election Day, when five states will vote whether to join Oregon in legalizing cannabis.

Next week, voters in Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada will decide whether to further undermine federal pot prohibitions, potentially more than tripling the number of Americans with access to retail cannabis. (Three states - Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota - are weighing whether to permit medical marijuana sales, something that's legal in 25 other states.)

Meanwhile, Oregonians also face pot-related questions on their ballots. A total of 111 counties and cities, from Astoria to Yachats, will decide whether to levy local pot taxes up to 3 percent on marijuana sales. That list also includes Portland.

Six Oregon counties and 54 cities, from Cannon Beach to West Linn, will consider whether to block marijuana sales in their jurisdictions.

Here's a look at how the market for recreational marijuana could grow from 18 million people to 75 million overnight.

Where recreational weed is already legal

Alaska–population 735,000
Colorado–5.5 million
Oregon–4 million
Washington–7.2 million
Washington, D.C.–670,000*

Where recreational marijuana legalization is on the ballot

Arizona–population 6.9 million
California–39 million
Maine–1.3 million
Massachusetts–6.8 million
Nevada– 2.9 million

Sampling of Oregon cities considering sales taxes on pot up to 3 percent

Ashland
Astoria
Beaverton
Bend
Cannon Beach
Corvallis
Eugene
Gresham
Hillsboro
Hood River
Milwaukie
Oregon City
Portland
Salem
Seaside
Tigard
Wood Village

Sampling of Oregon cities considering bans on recreational marijuana dispensaries**

Cannon Beach
Jacksonville
Lake Oswego
Manzanita
Medford
Oregon City
Sherwood
West Linn
Wilsonville

* Washington, D.C, doesn't allow recreational dispensaries.
** In some places, voters will consider pot bans and pot taxes on the same ballot.

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