The last decade has resulted in a wave of medical and recreational marijuana legalizations in states across the country — and one might expect that additional measures to legalize marijuana use are on the ballot in 2020. And anyone who would make that assumption would be right. Votes will take place in five states: New Jersey, Arizona, Montana, South Dakota, and Mississippi.
Mississippi will ask its residents to vote on whether or not to legalize medical marijuana, which most other states already do. But in the deep south it’s hardly a foregone conclusion, but a recent survey concluded that around 81 percent of residents favor adopting the new initiative.
South Dakota residents will vote on both recreational and medical marijuana, both of which are illegal under state law. Measure 26 will offer residents the option of validating medical marijuana, while Amendment A would legalize recreational weed and tax the hell out of it. Surveys show widespread support for both, but some analysts expect an Election Day surprise in a state where pot is so very illegal.
Montana residents will vote to establish legality for recreational weed and adopt 21 as the official recreational use age. Another measure would allow all those with marijuana-related convictions to request a resentencing under the new laws.
Arizona has already struck down a previous measure to legalize recreational weed, but another measure is on the ballot in 2020. Proposition 207 would allow anyone 21 or over to possess recreational weed while imposing a 16 percent tax on all related sales. Does the previous measure mean this one is also likely to fail? No! All states who took two votes during two different elections passed a law on the second attempt.
Public Question 1 asks New Jersey residents to vote on whether or not to allow residents age 21 or older to consume recreational marijuana. Only the local tax would be imposed. Legalization is likely in this state.