(Via KARK) Nine states will vote in November on whether to legalize marijuana for either personal or medical use.
Four states: Arkansas, Florida, North Dakota and Montana may join half of the country, allowing marijuana for medical reasons.
Five other states will decide on whether to legalize it for recreational use.
Many law enforcement officials are worried these votes could spark more illegal use.
Proponents think it is a movement whose time has come.
“It might be passed along to children or it might be more potent than originally believed,” Jonathan Thompson, Executive Director of Nation Sheriff’s Association said.
“In all those states that have passed it, you do have quality control assurance,” Morgan Fox, Senior Communication Manager for the Marijuana Policy Project said. “You have potency limitations, and you have advertising limitations.”
A Gallup poll conducted in August found that one in eight U.S. adults, 13-percent, say they smoke marijuana.
That is almost double the percentage who reported smoking weed, just three years earlier.