2020 Will Be Another Big Year for Cannabis

The upcoming year is already slated to be another big one for legalization.

2020 is already slated to be another big year for cannabis legalization. 

On January 1, 2020, Illinois will become the 11th U.S. state to legalize cannabis sales for recreational use. 16 more states are working on cannabis measures, both recreational and medical, that could go before voters in 2020. 

Activists in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, and Oklahoma are working to garner enough signatures to put recreational weed legalization on their states’ ballots. 

Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island don’t allow for voter-driven ballot measures, but legislators in those states are considering including a question about ending cannabis prohibition on the 2020 ballot. 

Activists in Idaho need to collect 55,057 signatures to get a measure that would legalize medical cannabis on the state’s 2020 ballot. Advocates in Mississippi filed what they believe are enough signatures to qualify a medical cannabis measure for the state’s 2020 ballot. 

South Dakota activists already qualified a medical weed measure for the 2020 ballot, but another campaign is currently collecting signatures to support a constitutional amendment that would legalize weed for recreational use.

Lawmakers in Nebraska are working with advocacy groups to put a question on the ballot that would amend the state’s constitution to allow doctors or nurse practitioners to recommend medical cannabis for patients. 

“As we have seen in previous elections, marijuana initiatives increase voter turnout in nearly every demographic,” political director of NORML, Justin Strekel, told Forbes. “With public support growing by the day, 2020 will be the biggest year yet for expanding the freedoms and liberties of cannabis consumers.”