2020 Could Still Be a Big Year for Cannabis

By Rolling Up

The pandemic has made 2020 an unfortunate year. Advocates were able to race to the ballot with legalization questions for the November ballot. In 2012, Washington and Colorado were the first states to legalize cannabis initiatives and additional states have joined in each biennial election that has followed. Will Congress bring the common sense that is needed to reform and legalize marijuana policies in the United States? The polls show that more than half the country is in favor of legalizing marijuana. The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) believes that marijuana should be removed from the criminal justice system and regulated like alcohol and tobacco. 


The public crisis resulted in campaign closures for cannabis legalization in states such as Missouri, North Dakota, and Oklahoma. In the 2020 election, New Jersey, Mississippi, and South Dakota. In the U.S., 35 states allow medical marijuana.Here are some quick facts about the election and the states considering legalization will look like on November 3, 2020:


Four states are voting on adult-use (recreational) cannabis legalization: Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota.


Three states are voting on medical marijuana legalization: Idaho (maybe), Mississippi, Nebraska, and South Dakota.


Oregon voters will consider two separate drug reform measures. One would legalize the medical use of psilocybin. The other would decriminalize small amounts of all drugs.


Everything is at stake in these states when it comes to cannabis. From federal and state adult use regulations, medical cannabis policy, state level legalization, as well as leaders passing or blocking the reforms. 


You can learn more about what’s happening in your state by visiting the Cannabis Voter’s Project. What we know now is that the state-by-state process will continue while federal efforts move slowly. Cannabis advocates and opponents will debate these issues in 2020 and beyond. 

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