The 2010s: The Decade of Marijuana Legalization – CelebStoner

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Here’s a flashback to the most significant events of the second decade of the 21st Century in the marijuana-law reform.

2010

Prop 19, a ballot inititiative to legalize marijuana, was defeated in California. 

2012

Legalizers won the first-ever campaigns to regulate recreational (now dubbed adult) use on Election Day in Colorado (Amendment 64) and Washington (Initiative 502).

2014

Legal sales kicked off in Colorado and Washington and two more states – Oregon (Measure 91) and Alaska (Measure 2) – voted to legalize, also via ballot initiatives. Initiative 71 passed in Washigton, DC as well, but did not allow commercial sales. In Oregon, Measure 80 went down to defeat.

2015

An effort to pass legalization in Ohio (Issue 3) was unsuccessful.

2016

The biggest year in legalization history saw four states pass adult-use voter initiatives – California (Prop 64), Massachusetts (Question 4), Maine (Question 1) and Nevada (Question 2). Only Prop 205 in Arizona lost.

2018

In July, the Vermont legislature became the first to enact a legalization measure. However, it lacked language to allow for commercial sales. On Election Day, Michigan voters passed Prop 1. Sales started on December 1.

2019

In May, Illinois became the 11th state to legalize marijuana and the second via legislature. Unlike Vermont and DC, Illinois ended prohibition and signed on for a commercial market, which begins January 1.

2020

The first year of the next decade promises to be a good one for cannabis. People come out to vote in record numbers for presidential elections. A New Jersey measure will be on the November ballot, as will likely be the case in Arizona (again), Florida and North Dakota. Legislatures in New York, New Mexico, Connecticut, Rhode Island and elsewhere may follow Illinois’s lead. 

A Personal Note

I devoted all of this decade to CelebStoner,

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