The year 2020 did not leave a good taste in most people’s mouths, but cannabis consumers were able to savor the sweet taste of success in various fronts last year. Bad as it was for most things, it was a good year for cannabis reform.
The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), the nation’s longest running cannabis reform group, put together a list of the top ten events of the year. It was hard to narrow it down, there was so much good, but read on for the news that made the list.
#1: Advocates run the table on election day
Voters approved every statewide legalization measure put before them on Election Day. Voters legalized the possession of marijuana by adults in Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and in South Dakota. They additionally approved ballot measures legalizing of medical cannabis access in two states, Mississippi and South Dakota. Dozens of California localities voted to license sales.
Commenting on the Election Day victories, NORML’s Executive Director Erik Altieri said: “These results once again illustrate that support for legalization extends across geographic and demographic lines. The success of these initiatives proves definitively that marijuana legalization is not exclusively a ‘blue’ state issue, but an issue that is supported by a majority of all Americans — regardless of party politics.”
#2: House of Representatives votes to repeal federal marijuana prohibition
Members of the United States House of Representatives voted in early December to approve the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act, HR 3884, which removes marijuana from the federal Controlled Substances Act — thereby eliminating the existing conflict between state and federal marijuana laws and providing states with the authority to establish their own cannabis laws free from undue federal interference. The vote marked the first time in 50 years that a chamber of Congress has revisited the