“Fairness demands that we suspend prosecution of marijuana possession-related cases while we await direction from the Legislature on the parameters for decriminalization of marijuana and legalization of regulated adult-use cannabis.”
Of the 15 states that have now enacted adult-use legalization, 13 have done so by voter initiative. Many states, however, do not offer a citizens’ initiative option — meaning that the only way to enact substantive marijuana reform is through the legislative process.
“Adolescent treatment admissions for marijuana declined in most of states. The mean annual admissions rate for all states declined over the study period by nearly half.”
“Governor Northam has always been thoughtful in his approach to cannabis policy. We look forward to continuing our work with the administration and the legislature to ‘get this right.”
After a clean sweep of victories in the 2020 election in the United States, it looks like marijuana legalization is about to make big inroads across the globe as well with Mexico and Israel advancing towards ending prohibition.
While other results of the election remain hazy, the clear winner on November 3 was marijuana.
Voters in Montana have passed Initiative 190, which allows for the use, production and sale of marijuana by adults. Voters additionally passed Constitutional Initiative 118, which limits marijuana use to those ages 21 or older.
South Dakotans have delivered a crippling blow to those who favored the status quo of marijuana prohibition in the Mount Rushmore State by simultaneously passing a pair of ballot initiatives.