On Election Day, voters in Missouri approved their state’s cannabis legalization ballot initiatives.
“A growing number of voters recognize that cannabis policy reform is in the best interest of public health and safety, criminal justice reform, social equity, and personal freedom,” said Toi Hutchinson, President and CEO of the Marijuana Policy Project. “State-level legalization victories are what’s necessary to move the needle forward at the federal level. That is how we build cannabis champions in Congress who are committed to taking meaningful action to put an end to prohibition once and for all.”
This marks the sixth consecutive election in which voters in multiple states approved cannabis measures at the ballot box. Heading into Election Day, 19 states had legalized cannabis for adults 21 and over. Now, there are 21 legalization states in the country.
In addition to Maryland and Missouri, there were ballot initiatives to legalize cannabis for adults 21 and over in three other states. However, those measures failed in Arkansas, North Dakota and South Dakota.