The legal cannabis industry in the US continues to take shape through legislation
The US has been shaped by efforts where the ultimate goal is to put marijuana legalization before voters on the November ballot. The results appear to be quite positive, so much so that the measures have already been confirmed for placement later this year in South Dakota and Maryland. This is in addition to five other states that have been turning to voters because of weak legislative support. The year 2023 could begin with a much longer list of states where marijuana is already being viewed with different eyes.
Arkansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and North Dakota are four states where marijuana reform advocates have recently submitted enough signatures to place the legalization proposal on this year’s ballot. Just over three months ago, the group Legal Missouri 2022 was undoubtedly able to pull off the task, after submitting more than double the number of signatures required to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot legalizing marijuana.
Oklahomans for Sensible Marijuana Laws and their representatives announced that they had submitted more than 164,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office. The intent is to place a binding statewide marijuana legalization initiative. The proposed measure seeks to allow adults to legally possess and grow marijuana at home for personal use.
Meanwhile, more than 190,000 signatures were submitted by the group Responsible Growth Arkansas. The idea is to place the Arkansas Adult-Use Cannabis Amendment on the November ballot. Should it become a reality, the constitutional amendment would establish a state-licensed retail cannabis market for people 21 and older.
Nebraskans for Medical Marijuana have opted for a more medicinal approach by turning in more than 90,000 signatures each for a pair of legalization measures in this market. While on the other hand, representatives of the North Dakota group New Approach ND announced that they had submitted 25,762 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office. The measure seeks to pave the way for adults to legally possess and grow cannabis at home for personal use while establishing an authorized retail market.