Marijuana basically emerged as the winner in the recent midterm elections and as an aftermath ten states have legalized cannabis for adults and another thirty three states have signaled it for medical use. Over a period of past few years cannabis policies advanced significantly at federal, state as well as international levels.
Next year the tally of states to be allowing legal use of marijuana is to make a big leap and the primary reason behind this is a slew of pro-legalization candidates for governor also won on Election Day. Hence, cannabis reform bills are to get a huge boost henceforth.
Marijuana Policy Project spokesman Mason Tvert said, “2019 could be a banner year for legalization via state legislature… Several states across multiple regions of the country are strongly considering ending prohibition and regulating marijuana for adult use.”
The states which will be legalizing marijuana in 2019 are Connecticut, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.
There are several other states which will take the initiative via ballot in 2020. If not, other cannabis-related legislation could be passed.
Gov.-elect Laura Kelly (D) in Kansas supports legalizing medical cannabis while Gov. Tony Evers (D) in Wisconsin says he would be decriminalizing marijuana and allow it for medical cannabis.
Oklahoma and Missouri would be allowing it for drug use for patients but only with the recommendation of doctor. Pennsylvania said would be taking a serious look to the legalization issue.
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