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Five States To Vote On Adult-Use Sales This November

October 4, 2022

The legal market for cannabis is continuing its march across the U.S., with five more states slated to vote on opening up recreational sales in the November elections. Voters across Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota, and South Dakota will all weigh in on adult-use sales on their midterm ballots.

As of now, 19 states have legalized and regulated recreational markets within their borders. According to cannabis advocacy group NORML, those states comprise about 44% of the total U.S. population. If all five state-level initiatives succeed this fall, it will extend recreational cannabis sales to coverage of roughly half the nation. In addition to the markets above, Oklahoma had lined up a ballot question on adult-use sales this fall, which was stymied by technicalities and postponed.

“Voters’ support for repealing cannabis criminalization crosses party lines,” NORML deputy director Paul Armentano said. “That is why, historically, these ballot initiative efforts have been equally successful at the ballot box in both ‘red’ states and in ‘blue’ states. We anticipate similar outcomes this November.”

In addition to the state-level initiatives on the docket, voters in several cities across Texas and Ohio will decide whether or not to de-penalize lower level cannabis infractions, and voters in towns and cities across Rhode Island, Colorado, Michigan, and Montana will see ballot questions on allowing licensed cannabis retailers in their localities.—Daniel Marsteller

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