Five States Pass Marijuana Legalization Measures Amid Election Anticipation
- Five states have passed marijuana in one form or another during this year’s election.
- Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota will soon all be enjoying new cannabis laws.
- Although legalization has been approved, several states must wait until the beginning of the year to allow their residents to possess, consume, and grow marijuana.
Just ten years ago, all forms of cannabis were illegal in every state in the U.S. In 2012, Colorado and Washington approved marijuana for recreational use. Since then, states have been more open-minded about opening their doors to this widely-popular plant.
Five states had cannabis legalization on their ballots during this year’s election. And unlike the two presidential candidates, cannabis made a clean sweep. Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, South Dakota were the five states to approve marijuana in some form or another over the past couple of days.
The state of Arizona failed to pass a bill in 2016 that would have legalized recreational marijuana. However, 2020 was a different tale.
It remains unclear when residents of Arizona will be allowed to possess cannabis, but it’s speculated that retail sales for it could begin in April of next year, if not sooner.
Mississippi was happy to legalize medical marijuana during this year’s election. The state has set a deadline for July 1st, 2020 to establish permanent rules and regulations.
Beginning on January 1st, 2021 at 12:01 AM, residents of Montana will legally be allowed to possess, consume, and grow marijuana.
Voters approved a measure that will recreationally legalize marijuana, with the set adult-use age of 21. Retail sales are expected to begin in January of 2022, meaning avid users will have to find their marijuana the old-fashioned way (or more realistically, how they’ve already been doing it).
After massively approving recreational cannabis, the New Jersey legislature is now responsible for creating rules and regulations. The new laws allowing for the possession and use of marijuana go into effect on January 1st, 2021.
For the first time in our nation’s history, South Dakota voters pushed to legalize both medical and recreational marijuana at the same time (you can already smell the tax revenue).
Cannabis in South Dakota will remain illegal until July 1st, 2021, which is also when sales for medical marijuana are set to begin in the state. After that date, residents can possess, consume and grow anywhere from one to three plants.
A deadline of April 1st, 2022 has been set for the state to develop rules and regulations for the sale of recreational marijuana.
One Last Surprise
Oregon also made a splash during the election in regard to “drugs.” And no, it had nothing to do with marijuana (marijuana has been legal in the state since 2016).
Instead, Oregon went a different route and made some interesting changes:
- Oregon is now the first state to legalize the medicinal use of psilocybin. Psilocybin is a compound that is known to cause hallucinations. It’s most common to find it in things like “magic mushrooms.” It’s said that they are effective for treating depression.
- Oregon also decriminalized small amounts of street drugs. This means that people caught with possession of small amounts of molly, cocaine, ketamine, etc. will be issued a punishment similar to a traffic violation.
Big Strides for Cannabis
This November has already been one of the best months in our history regarding marijuana (and all drugs in Oregon apparently). With five more states jumping on the legalization bandwagon, you can only hope that the federal government would relax their laws and also legalize this plant that has helped so many people.
Either way, these states will make a massive contribution toward improving the cannabis industry for both THC and CBD products.