It seems like the wave of cannabis reform that has been sweeping through America is not going to stop any time soon. More than 30 states have already allowed the consumption of cannabis in one form or other within their borders, and this year at least four states have passed cannabis reform legislation. With lawmakers considering federally rescheduling cannabis, activists in several states are also working on putting cannabis legislation before voters next year. The following are some of the states that will likely vote on cannabis legislation measures in 2022.
Arkansas will likely vote on cannabis legislation next year if activists are able to collect enough signatures for a recreational cannabis proposal. Prepared by Arkansas True Grass, this bill would allow adults aged 21 and older to purchase and possess up to four ounces of marijuana as well as grow up to 12 plants at home for personal use only. Additionally, qualifying adults would have no limit on possession as long as the cannabis is kept out of public view.
Idaho officials recently gave activists the go-ahead to start collecting signatures for a cannabis legalization initiative that would legalize the purchase and possession of up to three ounces of cannabis on private property. However, since the initiative doesn’t create a system for cannabis sales and taxation nor does it allow home cultivation, consumers would be expected to buy cannabis from neighbor states with legal markets and bring it back to Idaho. Activists are also collecting signatures for a separate measure that would legalize medical cannabis and allow patients to possess as much as four ounces of cannabis.
Maryland House Speaker Adrienne Jones recently said in a press release that early next year, state lawmakers will pass legislation to put the question of whether or not to legalize cannabis before Maryland voters as a referendum. In February, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on a cannabis proposal, while in March, a separate cannabis legalization measure sponsored by top lawmakers was subject to a Senate Finance Committee Hearing. Despite these hearings, the legislature didn’t hold a vote, and the two chambers are hoping to reconcile the differences between the two bills and send a bill to Governor Larry Hogan’s desk.
In Missouri a group of cannabis activists is working to put cannabis legislation on next year’s ballot via a number of initiatives. Fair Access Missouri, for instance, has filed several proposals that would allow adults aged 21 and older to purchase and possess cannabis as well as modify Missouri’s existing medical marijuana program.
Nebraska voters will most likely see two complementary medical cannabis initiatives on the 2022 ballot after the state Supreme Court voided an initiative that qualified for the 2020 vote. Senators Adam Morfeld and Anna Wishart are known to support medical cannabis reform, and they have previously said that they would work to put the question of legalizing cannabis before the voters in 2022.
If the states above start implementing legal marijuana programs, the people and companies in those states will potentially see the kind of growth that entities such as Grapefruit USA Inc. (OTCQB: GPFT) enjoy in California, one of the most mature marijuana markets in the country.
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