At least 50 marijuana reform bills have been introduced and approved this year
Although we are just coming out of tough times where a global pandemic like COVID-19 caused a lot of disruption across the board, it looks like 2021 was more than a successful year when it comes to cannabis reform. State legislators reportedly passed more than 50 cannabis reform bills this year, showing the industry just how much can be accomplished in legislation at the state level.
Many US state legislators are starting to work hard in the wake of the pivotal 2020 elections. According to a new report from NORML, more than 50 cannabis reform bills have been passed by state legislatures since January. In recounting, we can recall how Connecticut, New Mexico, and Virginia passed adult-use legalization measures. New Jersey and New York also followed suit after giving the green light to laws that would enact voter-approved adult-use measures passed last November.
As if that were not enough, the same legislators have met on different occasions to debate, draft and pass laws that serve to expand the parameters of “diversity” in the cannabis industry. This helps promote elimination efforts and expand access to medical cannabis.
“State lawmakers took unprecedented steps this year to repeal marijuana prohibition laws and to provide relief to those millions of Americans who have suffered as a result of them,” NORML’s Deputy Director Paul Armentano said in a public statement. “As we approach the 2022 legislative session and the elections next November, it is important for lawmakers of all political persuasions to recognize that advocating for marijuana policy reforms is a political opportunity, not a political liability.”
Cannabis reform could be considered an incremental process. Thus, 2021 has proven to be a year where legislation at the state level was a success.