Crystal Cox/Business Insider Marijuana is legal for adults in 11 states and Washington D.C. Medical marijuana is legal in 34. New Jersey, Arizona, Montana, and South Dakota just voted to legalize recreational marijuana. South Dakota also voted in favor of a medical-cannabis program, as did Mississippi. Join us at 3:00 PM ET on Tuesday for an inside look at how marijuana’s election triumph is reshaping the US cannabis industry.
Marijuana legalization is spreading around the US.
Since 2012, 15 states and Washington, DC, have legalized marijuana for adults over the age of 21. And 36 states have legalized medical marijuana — meaning that a majority of Americans now have some form of access to marijuana, whether medically or recreationally.
Four more states — New Jersey, Arizona, Montana, and South Dakota — just voted to legalize recreational cannabis, though it won’t become legal immediately. On top of that, voters in Mississippi backed the creation of a medical cannabis program.
Though Canada legalized marijuana federally in 2018, the US has not followed suit, forcing states to chart their own courses. As it stands, marijuana is still considered an illegal Schedule I drug by the US federal government. The House in September was set to vote on a bill to legalize marijuana and expunge the records of those convicted under previous laws, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, though the vote was punted to after the election.
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