7 States That Could Legalize Cannabis in 2021

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<![CDATA[2020 was a big year for the cannabis industry as four states—Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota—legalized adult-use in the general election, potentially setting the stage for more states to legalize in 2021. Voters also ushered in medical cannabis in South Dakota, marking the first-time both adult-use and medical legalization were approved in the same election, and medical cannabis in Mississippi also passed.  And, there is evidence that this momentum will influence more states to come online in 2021. Here, we look at the states most likely to legalize as we head into the New Year.ConnecticutGov. Ned Lamont renewed his legalization push at the beginning of 2020, with the introduction of a bill that would have legalized adult-use for Connecticuters 21 and older, tested for impaired drivers, and supported racial and ethnic minorities in their participation in the market.While that legislation, S.B. 16, ultimately stalled in committee, Lamont has said he will try again in 2021, according to a Patch.com report, especially since nearby New Jersey has legalized.State House Democrats have vowed to vote on legalization in 2021, according to NBC Connecticut, in part because of the growing number of nearby states with regulated adult-use markets, as well as a projected state budget deficit heading into next year.New MexicoGov. Michelle Lujan Grisham called for a renewed push for adult-use legalization in 2020 and even added the issue to the state’s legislative agenda. Lawmakers took notice and introduced legislation to get the job done, and the Senate Public Affairs Committee even approved the bill before the Senate Judiciary Committee ultimately voted in February to table the legislation.As 2020 came to a close, the Albuquerque Journal reported that proponents of legalization were hopeful that 2021 could be their year, as several influential legislative opponents were defeated in the general election, improving…

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