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420 with CNW — More States Could Mark Upcoming 4/20s with Legal Access to Marijuana

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Marijuana remains prohibited under federal law in the United States, yet a significant number of states have opted to legalize its recreational use. Currently, 24 states and the District of Columbia (“DC”) have passed legislation permitting recreational cannabis, as reported by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). Additionally, 38 states and DC have established regulations allowing for medical cannabis usage.

A recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center highlights that a large majority of American adults, accounting for 88%, advocate for the legalization of marijuana. Within this majority, 32% express support for its legalization solely for medical purposes, while 57% endorse legalization for both recreational and medical use.

This year, the trend of legalizing recreational cannabis is continuing in various states. Notably, Florida is moving forward with a measure proposed by Smart and Safe Florida, which garnered more than a million signatures to put the measure on November’s ballot. The initiative seeks to legalize the recreational use of cannabis products and accessories for adults 21 years of age and older. Following approval by the state’s Supreme Court on April 1, 2024, the proposed amendment, known as Amendment 3, will be subjected to a vote by the public in November. However, achieving legalization in Florida necessitates a minimum of 60% of the vote in favor.

Similarly, a bill to legalize cannabis for recreational use at the beginning of January 2026 was recently passed by the state senate of Hawaii. Although the senate approved the bill with a vote of 19–6, hurdles are anticipated in the house. Florida Governor Josh Green has expressed support for the measure.

Meanwhile, New Hampshire’s House of Representatives endorsed a bill in April advocating for the legalization of cannabis and permitting adult usage. The bill proceeds to the senate for consideration, a step it has yet to undergo. New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, who previously opposed legalization, now acknowledges the majority support for it among residents and asserts his readiness to sign a legalization bill emphasizing harm reduction over profits.

Governor Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania recently included the legalization of cannabis in his state budget proposal, prompting deliberation among state legislators. Likewise, in South Dakota, advocates are pushing to include cannabis legalization on the ballot for the third time. They must submit the requisite number of signatures by May 7, 2024, for the measure to be voted on in November, following previous setbacks in 2020 and 2022.

Established marijuana companies such as Green Thumb Industries Inc. (CSE: GTII) (OTCQX: GTBIF) are likely to follow the developments in the states looking to end prohibition as any reforms enacted there could widen the market for the existing players.

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