Here Are The Biggest Marijuana Reform Victories Of 2022, From Legalization To Workplace Protections

Here Are The Biggest Marijuana Reform Victories Of 2022, From Legalization To Workplace Protections
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Marijuana reform in 2022 ran the gamut, with three new states legalizing cannabis for adult use and an ideologically diverse mix of other states advancing policy changes that touch on everything from expungements to workplace protections for consumers. A new report published by NORML on Monday puts the year into context, highlighting just how active advocates and lawmakers were as they’ve bucked the status quo of prohibition and sought out new policy that builds on the ever-expanding cannabis reform movement. As of the year’s end, 21 states have now legalized recreational marijuana, and the vast majority of states have some form of medical access. “Voters and lawmakers took significant steps this year to repeal marijuana prohibition laws and to provide relief to those tens millions of Americans who have suffered as a result of them,” NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said in a press release. While most headlines focus on legalization—and there were some reform setbacks such as the defeat of three ballot measures in traditionally conservative states—advocates are also ending the year having achieved a number of important, albeit less widely publicized, victories. NORML’s report places the ballot and legislative developments into eight categories: legalization, expungement, medical marijuana, workplace drug testing, equity, juveniles, industry and miscellaneous. Here are some of the key highlights:  Legalization Three states legalized marijuana for adult use this year: Maryland, Missouri and Rhode Island. The first two were approved by voters through ballot initiatives, while Rhode Island’s legislature passed the state’s reform that was signed into law by Gov. Dan McKee (D). (Recreational sales started in the Ocean State at the beginning of the month.) There were, however, a number of states where legalization advanced through state legislatures, and where activists had sought to pass the reform on the ballot, but were not successful this…

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