With the 2020 elections approaching Salon took a look at how, in over a quarter of states across America, cannabis reform is up for debate at various levels. While not every state is likely to push for complete legalization, national opinion polls show that support for legalization nationwide is in the mid-60% range, so it’s certain that varying cannabis initiatives will be discussed by legislators and voters.
Some of these initiatives are certain to pass, and solo sciences is ramping up to work with state regulatory agencies to establish safe anticounterfeiting practices. CEO Ashesh (Alex) Shah previously noted, "This industry is going to change the nation and possibly the world. Cannabis is here to stay, and it's going to shape people’s lives. And if we can change it, or influence it, or fix it, or keep it safer, then it’s worth doing."
States with pending cannabis reform:
New Jersey: A constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana that on the ballot would legalize the possession, cultivation, processing, transport, and distribution of cannabis.
South Dakota: Constitutional Amendment A has qualified for the November ballot. It would legalize the personal possession of up to an ounce and the cultivation of up to three plants by adults, as well as setting up a system of taxed and regulated sales.
Arizona: Three separate campaigns are trying to put cannabis on the ballot this year. The best-positioned initiative would legalize the use, possession, and cultivation of marijuana and allow for a system of state-regulated sales.
Arkansas: A group is gathering signatures for a pair of initiatives that would allow the use of recreational cannabis and to let people convicted of cannabis offenses petition courts for relief.
Missouri: One constitutional amendment has been filed that would allow people over 21 to possess up to an ounce of cannabis purchased from a legal retailer and/or grow up to three plants. Another bill would legalize cannabis by removing all state restrictions on it.
Montana: Activists filed a pair of legalization initiatives. One is a constitutional initiative that would set 21 as the legal age when people can use cannabis. The other is a statutory initiative that would set up a system of taxed and regulated cannabis commerce.
Nebraska: The proposed Nebraska Cannabis Legalization Initiative would create a constitutional right for people to grow, sell, and use any part of the cannabis plant.
North Dakota: A committee has filed a constitutional initiative to legalize cannabis and allow for up to 12 plants for personal cultivation. A second group filed an initiative that allows any person over the age of 21 to use, possess, and transport up to 2 ounces of prepared cannabis.
Oklahoma: Activists have filed State Question 807, which would allow people 21 and over to possess, cultivate, and purchase marijuana from licensed retailers. Possession would be capped at 1 ounce, and individuals could grow up to six plants.
Mississippi: Ballot Initiative 65 is on the November ballot. If approved, it would allow patients with any of 22 specified medical conditions to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana every two weeks.
South Dakota: Initiated Measure 26 would allow patients from a list of qualifying conditions to possess up to 3 ounces and grow up to three plants, as well as create a system of dispensary sales.
Idaho: The Idaho Cannabis Coalition has filed a medical marijuana initiative that would set up a system of licensed dispensaries, growers, processors, and testers, as well as allowing qualified patients to possess up to 4 ounces.
Nebraska: Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana is sponsoring a constitutional amendment that would give Nebraskans the right to grow, consume, and purchase marijuana for medical reasons, subject only to "reasonable laws, rules, and regulations."
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