Five States Vote to Legalize Marijuana

Melanie Arter | November 4, 2020 | 4:00pm EST
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A man crumbles marijuana for a joint during a march demanding the legalization of marijuana at Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 1, 2019.  (Photo by MIGUEL SCHINCARIOL/AFP via Getty Images)
A man crumbles marijuana for a joint during a march demanding the legalization of marijuana at Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 1, 2019. (Photo by MIGUEL SCHINCARIOL/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – Five states voted to legalize marijuana on Tuesday – New Jersey, South Dakota, Montana, Arizona, and Mississippi.

New Jersey voters approved a recreational marijuana use, as supporters of the referendum see it as a way to “push neighboring states” to do the same.

Steve Hawkins, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, said the approval was a "great day for New Jersey."

“The passage of this ballot measure positions New Jersey to take the lead in the Northeast and will push neighboring states, like New York and Pennsylvania, to take action on marijuana legalization,” Hawkins added. “This is a victory for social justice given that Black residents of New Jersey are 3.5 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana than white residents despite similar usage rates.” 

Voters in South Dakota approved a constitutional amendment that legalizes recreational use of marijuana for those over 21. They also approved medical marijuana.

People will be allowed to possess and distribute up to one ounce of marijuana. 

In Montana, voters approved Initiative 190, which legalizes possession and use of one ounce or less of marijuana or eight grams or less of marijuana concentrate for people over 21 years old.

Arizona voters, meanwhile, approved the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Proposition 207 legalizes possession and use of marijuana for adults 21 and older. It also allows individuals to grow up to six marijuana plants in their residences.
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And Mississippi approved a measure that would medical marijuana.

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