Americans don’t just choose a new President on November 3, 2020, they also vote to legalize cannabis
Will 5 more US states legalize cannabis soon? Currently, 33 US states have legalized medical cannabis and 11 states have legalized cannabis for adult recreational use. On the November ballot, 5 states will put cannabis legalization to the vote. Arizona, New Jersey and Montana will have recreational cannabis use up for legalization. South Dakota will have both medical and recreational use on the ballot, while Mississippi puts legalization of medical cannabis use to the people. These votes could push America to the tipping point, where federal legalization becomes unstoppable, ending the current potential for conflict between state and federal law.
UPDATE, 27 Nov 2020: All cannabis liberalization measures passed in the Nov 2020 US Election, in Arizona, New Jersey, Montana, South Dakota and Mississippi. Meanwhile, Oregon decriminalized all drugs, the first part of the US to do so.
And Washington, DC will vote to legalize entheogenic plants and fungi, e.g., magic mushrooms.
Meanwhile, in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) recently said that legalizing marijuana represents a key way the state can recover economically from the coronavirus pandemic.
Cannabis legalization is happening outside of the US also
In Mexico, a bill that would allow private companies to sell marijuana to the public is likely to pass in the Senate within two weeks and then go to the lower house of Congress, said Senate leader Ricardo Monreal in mid-October, 2020. This would make Mexico the world’s largest legal cannabis market.
New Zealand voted, in a non-binding referendum, on cannabis legalisation on October 17 last and the results are expected to be made public on November 6, 2020.
UN to vote on WHO cannabis proposals in December
Meanwhile, the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) has laid out a course to keep on track for December’s key vote on the World Health Organization’s cannabis scheduling recommendations, which could have far-reaching implications for the global cannabis industry.
One recommendation would recognize the medical value and lesser potential for harm of cannabis at a UN level. This would make it easier for member countries to adopt medical cannabis programmes. And another recommendation would ease restrictions on CBD products.
We need to keep the legalize cannabis momentum going
If Covid-19 has taught us anything, it’s that we have more important things to fear than a humble plant that has served humanity for thousands of years. Cannabis has enormous medical therapeutic potential, while recreationally it causes less harm than alcohol. And the cloud of illegality has stunted hemp’s potential to displace oil and plastic and stop climate change. The time to act is now, so please stand up and play your part. Readathriller is committed to continuing to work towards the full, global legalization of hemp and cannabis. Are you with us?
CNN article on the issues that will be put to the people’s vote in the November 3, 2020 US election, including cannabis legalization.
Read our post about why Ireland needs to legalise cannabis.
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