US Cannabis Legalization Movement and Map

(Map: Shayanne Gal, INSIDER)

New Jersey is open,

Virginia is open,

New York and New Mexico are open,

There will be more to come…

Guess which state will be the next one?

StateTypeDate signedShort description
New MexicoBillsApr 12, 2021Legalization
VirginiaLawApril 7, 2021Legalization
New YorkLaw/ BillsMarch 31, 2021Legalization
New JerseyLaw (via bills)February 22, 2021Legalization

News Roundup:

New Mexico Gov. Signs Cannabis Legalization Bill

(Ganjapreneur)Apr 12th, 2021. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) has signed the pair of cannabis reform bills last week. Together, the legislation legalizes adult-use cannabis and automatically expunges some cannabis-related criminal records for crimes that would no longer be illegal under the new law.

New Mexico is the fourth state to legalize cannabis in 2021 — following New Jersey, New York, and Virginia — and the 18th U.S. state overall to legalize.

New York governor signs bill legalizing recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older

(CNN) Wed March 31, 2021. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday signed a bill allowing recreational marijuana use by adults 21 and older after the state Senate and Assembly voted to approve the legislation.

Senate Bill S854A passed the Senate, with 40 voting in favor and 23 against. It then went to the Assembly, which approved it with 100 votes in favor and 49 votes against it during a late-night session Tuesday. The bill also expunges previous marijuana convictions for actions that would be legal under the new law.

New Jersey governor signs law decriminalizing marijuana use for those 21 years and older

(CNN) Mon February 22, 2021. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday signed bills to legalize and regulate marijuana use for those 21 and older, decriminalize possession of limited amounts of marijuana and clarify marijuana and cannabis use and possession penalties for those younger than 21.

“This legislation will establish an industry that brings equity and economic opportunity to our communities, while establishing minimum standards for safe products and allowing law enforcement to focus their resources on real public safety matters,” Murphy, a Democrat, said in a news release, thanking legislative and community partners for their work on the issue. “Today, we’re taking a monumental step forward to reduce racial disparities in our criminal justice system, while building a promising new industry and standing on the right side of history.”

Virginia 16th State to Legalize Recreational Pot, Latest to Emphasize ‘Social Equity’

(NPR) April 7, 20214:47 PM ET

Virginia’s Democratic-controlled Legislature passed a bill legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana on Wednesday, making it the 16th state to take the step.

Under Virginia’s new law, adults ages 21 and over can possess an ounce or less of marijuana beginning on July 1, rather than Jan. 1, 2024. Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, proposed moving up the date, arguing it would be a mistake to continue to penalize people for possessing a drug that would soon be legal.