As of December 2020, 1 in 3 Americans now lives in a state where recreational marijuana is legal
A National Marijuana Movement
Around 16 million Americans were added to the list of states that allow anyone over the age of 21 to use marijuana legally. This is due to voters in New Jersey, Arizona, South Dakota and Montana overwhelmingly approving ballot measures on the marijuana plant. They will join about 93 million Americans who live in states that have already legalized marijuana, meaning about 1 in 3 Americans now live in states where marijuana is legal.
South Dakota and Mississippi voters also approved measures to legalize medical marijuana on Election Day. The momentum in states, including deep red parts of the country, should be a call to action for the federal government, said Steve Hawkins, the executive director of legalization advocacy group Marijuana Policy Project. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law.
“Regardless of who controls the White House, the House and the Senate, we should demand landmark federal marijuana reform in 2021,” Hawkins said.
The New Jersey measure does not immediately legalize marijuana, however. The state Legislature still needs to pass…