Marijuana Laws and Election 2020

Marijuana Laws and Election 2020

The 2020 presidential election changed marijuana laws in several states. Many states were able to pass new marijuana laws, which will allow many people to gain access to the drug. Let’s take a look at some of the key changes that have been made.

Arizona

Arizona has passed the Marijuana Legalization Initiative. This ballot measure legalizes the possession and use of cannabis for adults 21 and older, places a 16% excise tax on cannabis sales and requires the Department of Health Services to develop rules to regulate commercial cannabis activity.

Mississippi

Mississippi passed Initiative 65, which legalizes the use of cannabis as a medical treatment for 22 qualifying conditions, and patients will be allowed to possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis. The Mississippi Department of Health must adopt all rules and regulations for the medical program by July 1st, 2021, and begin issuing identification cards and treatment center licenses by August 15th, 2021.

Montana

Montana passed the Allow for a Legal Age for Marijuana Amendment Montana CI-118. This allows the legislature to create an initiative to set a minimum age for purchasing, consuming, and possessing cannabis.

New Jersey

New Jersey passed the Marijuana Legalization Amendment as well as New Jersey Public Question 1. Public Question 1 will add an amendment to the New Jersey Constitution that legalizes the possession and use of cannabis for adults 21 and older.

South Dakota

South Dakota passed the South Dakota Constitutional Amendment A. This legalizes the possession and use of cannabis for adults 21 and older. Cannabis sales will be taxed at 15%, and the South Dakota Department of Revenue will have regulatory authority over all commercial cannabis activity. This will take effect on July 1st, 2021 and the Department of Revenue must confirm all rules and regulations for the medical program by April 1, 2022.

South Dakota also passed Initiated Measure 26, which legalizes cannabis for medical use for those with debilitating medical conditions. The South Dakota Department of Health will have regulatory authority over the medical cannabis program.

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