The past few years have been important for marijuana policy reform. In 2021, legislatures in five states enacted laws legalizing adult-use marijuana possession and regulating retail cannabis markets. This marks a change from past years, when similar laws were primarily enacted via citizens’ initiatives, not by legislative action. In total, 18 states — comprising nearly one-half of the US population — now have laws on the books regulating adult use marijuana production and retail sales.
See the some of the prior years’ legislative achievements by visiting the following links. NORML’s 2021 Legislative Report breaks down the year’s state legislative victories by category.