On 2020’s Election Day, five states authorized the use of marijuana in certain forms. Upon approval of the new laws, nearly a third of America’s populace will reside in a state that permits recreational or medical cannabis use. Advocates are currently formulating policies and collecting signatures to expand that success to more states in the 2022 midterms.
Remember, each cannabis measure put in this year’s state ballots passed. For instance, they passed in Arizona( recreational), Mississippi( medical), New Jersey( recreational), Montana(recreational), and South Dakota( Medical and recreational). This success shows the progression of the state-tier policy change movement that expands consistently after every election.
Here are states where cannabis legalization will be in their 2022 ballot:
Despite Arkansas voters approving medical marijuana during 2016, there’s an effort to extend the legalization further for recreation purposes. This effort is motivated by the neighboring Mississippi’s (conventionally conservative state) approval of medical marijuana during 2020’s Election Day.
In January, Florida activists announced that they’ll have to pursue the cannabis legalization initiative two years from now, thanks to prohibitive ballot qualification regulation. Note that cannabis policy change measures have had more victory during presidential elections than midterms. Thus advocates are focusing more on the 2022 ballot.
Missouri’s marijuana legalization was supposed to be on 2020’s ballot; however, activists announced that the Covid19 pandemic will postpone their campaign early this year. Although there are no official announcements yet, a spokesperson disclosed that they’ll pursue the initiative come 2022.
In North Dakota, the cannabis legalization campaign strived to put the reform program on the 2020’s ballot; however, the campaign operations halted at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in April. North Dakota activists have conceded that it might appear in 2022’s ballot.
Covid19 restrictions have also hindered Ohio’s quest to legalize adult-use marijuana. In March, collecting signatures for the proposed legal marijuana measure came to a standstill due to social distancing rules. Advocates are concentrating more on 2022 to launch a victorious ballot qualification initiative.
After Oklahoma activists launched a ballot measure for adult-use marijuana legalization in December 2019, they withdrew that petition in August owing to the covid19 pandemic. The campaign spokesperson said they’ll pursue the proposal in 2022. Remember, Oklahoma voters accented the medical cannabis ballot measure in 2018’s primary election.