With each election cycle, it seems like more and more states are decriminalizing marijuana. Or, at least, making it available to those who want to take it medically without having to worry about lengthy drug sentences. While the high total of prison time people used to serve for marijuana is definitely a conversation that needs to be had, the big news is that people are taking steps to make it available.
Marijuana has long been given a pretty bum rap in the states. If you’ve ever seen Reefer Madness, then you know the kind of things that were said about the drug. Keep in mind the original Reefer Madness happened during a time when heroin and cocaine were considered to be perfectly fine medical treatments.
In the 2020 U.S. election, we had to wait days and days to get a victor in the Presidential race along with Senate and House races. Despite this, there was still a clear victor come Election Night: marijuana. So where does the U.S. stand on legalizing marijuana? What states in 2020 decided to give the a-ok to it? Here’s everything you need to know about all the U.S. states with legal medical marijuana use.
What States already had it?
Colorado and Massachusetts set the trend for legalizing marijuana back in 2012. Colorado has made about $7.79 billion in sales over the course of eight years. While marijuana in Massachusetts is legal both recreationally and medically. Alaska has had an interesting history with marijuana as it’s been legal for medical use since 1998. In 2014, however, they were given the go ahead for marijuana production and recreational usage.
The District of Columbia has had the use of marijuana for medical and “adult” purposes legal since 2014. Oregon has had weed legal since 1998,