As a historic election here in the United States unfolds beyond Election Day, one thing is certain – marijuana continues to win – and win decisively. While notable races in several states and counties were too close to call at the end of Election Night, marijuana state ballot initiatives were called early. All five states with marijuana on the ballot passed their various measures.
Four more states vote to legalize adult-use (recreational) marijuana, meaning about 1 in 3 Americans now live in a state where the cultivation, sale and use of marijuana is legal for adults.
Several cities and counties in Colorado have turned to the ballot to decide whether they should allow recreational marijuana facilities. Colorado, which passed recreational (or retail) marijuana 10 years ago, allows local municipalities to decide whether to allow marijuana within their limits. The City of Lakewood, which already has legalized medical marijuana, voted 66 percent to 34 percent to approve the operation of recreational marijuana facilities. The City of Littleton voted 57 percent to 43 percent to allow current medical marijuana dispensaries to also sell retail marijuana on or after January 1, 2021.
Husch Blackwell welcomes these new states into the marijuana industry and looks forward to studying the implementation of these state programs including the development of rules and regulations.
Other notable initiatives passed in Oregon and the District of Columbia. Oregon voted 55.8 percent to allow licensed service providers to administer psilocybin-producing mushroom and fungi products to individuals 21 years of age and older. While D.C. voters approved a measure to effectively decriminalize psilocybin and other organic drugs by making it a lowest enforcement priority for the police department.