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These states are voting on cannabis legalization this November

September 12, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

In this Friday, March 22, 2019 photo, Heather Randazzo, a grow employee at Compassionate Care Foundation's medical marijuana dispensary, trims leaves off marijuana plants in the company's grow house in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. Lawmakers are poised to vote on making New Jersey the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana for adults. The Democrat-led Assembly and Senate have scheduled votes on a measure legalizing cannabis for Monday, March 25 though the outcome remains unclear. The votes come after more than a year of mostly back-room wrangling since Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy came into office. Murphy campaigned on legalization, striking a contrast with his predecessor Republican Chris Christie. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

In 2016, the US election resulted in a green wave as cannabis legalization measures passed in eight out of nine states.

This year, voters in five states will decide whether to adopt either new medical or recreational cannabis laws -- or, perhaps, both in the case of one state.

As it stands now, 33 states have legalized medical cannabis, and of those, 11 states have legalized cannabis for adult recreational use.

Cannabis sales in states that have legalized the plant for medical and recreational purposes totaled about $15 billion in 2019, and are expected to top $30 billion by 2024, according to data from BDS Analytics, which tracks dispensary sales.

Four years ago, residents in the Grand Canyon State narrowly defeated an initiative to legalize recreational cannabis.

The program will be regulated by the same commission that oversees New Jersey's medical cannabis businesses, and the recreational cannabis products would be subject to the state sales tax (currently 6. 625%).

Usually states have legal medical cannabis programs in place before adopting recreational cannabis laws.

Voters in South Dakota will decide on Measure 26, which would establish a medical cannabis program and registration system for people with qualifying conditions, as well as on Amendment A, which would legalize cannabis for all adults and require state legislators to adopt medical cannabis and hemp laws.

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