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Marijuana Legalization Likely to Reach 40 States in 2020

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More than 40 states could have some form of legal cannabis by the end of 2020. Even highly conservative states like South Dakota and Montana have set the stage for voters to legalize marijuana for adults.

Marijuana advocates around the U.S. are promoting their ballot measures and collecting signatures to meet deadlines to be listed on voters’ ballots this fall, Politico reported.

“We’re cautiously optimistic that we can win more marijuana reform ballot initiatives on one Election Day than on any previous Election Day,” said the deputy director of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), who cited growing support for legalization among liberals and conservatives.

Multiple legislative efforts to legalize cannabis came up short last year, including in New Jersey and New York.

“If we can pass medical marijuana in Utah, we can pass it anywhere,” the MPP stated.

States attempting to legalize marijuana (for medical or adult use) in 2020 are:

Arizona – A ballot initiative for marijuana legalization is in the signature gathering stage.

Arkansas – Multiple amendments for marijuana legalization are in the signature gathering stage.

Connecticut– Lawmakers are discussing legalizing recreational marijuana via legislature.

Florida – Multiple amendments for marijuana legalization are in the signature gathering stage.

Kentucky – Lawmakers are discussing legalizing medical marijuana.

Missouri – A ballot initiative for marijuana legalization is in the signature gathering stage.

Mississippi – A ballot initiative for marijuana legalization has been approved for the ballot.

Montana– A ballot initiative for marijuana legalization has been approved for the ballot.

New Jersey – A ballot initiative for marijuana legalization is in the signature gathering stage.

New Mexico – A bill to legalize marijuana is in the works, and New Mexico’s governor is pro-legalization.

New York – A bill to legalize marijuana is in the works, and New York’s governor is pro-legalization.

Oklahoma – A ballot initiative for marijuana legalization is in the signature gathering stage.

South Dakota – Medical and recreational marijuana legalization initiatives have been approved for the ballot.

Vermont – Lawmakers are discussing legalizing via legislature.

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