Marijuana Will Be Legal in Half the U.S. If These Ballot Measures Pass in the 2022 Midterms

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Marijuana could become legal in nearly half of the U.S. following the 2022 Midterm Elections—if voters in five states pass the ballot measures before them on Nov. 8. Oklahoma voters will also have the chance to vote on marijuana recreational legalization in a special election in March. If the constitutional amendment, which would allow those 21 and older to use cannabis, passes, recreational marijuana would become legal by July 2023. An overwhelming majority of Americans support the legalization of marijuana, with a record-high of 68% in favor. The Missouri ACLU, Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the state’s largest labor union, Missouri AFL-CIO, are in favor.

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Marijuana could become legal in nearly half of the U.S. following the 2022 Midterm Elections—if voters in five states pass the ballot measures before them on Nov. 8.

In Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakota voters are being asked whether they support legalizing the recreational use of marijuana for adults. The measure looks likely to pass in three states—Arkansas, Maryland, and Missouri, according to polls. However, the outcome is less certain in the Dakotas.

Oklahoma voters will also have the chance to vote on marijuana recreational legalization in a special election in March.

If legislation passes, they would...

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