Marijuana Clear Winner in November Election

November 19, 2020


After the results of the 2020 election, the cannabis industry came out the clear winner. After wins in Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota, there are now 15 states where recreational use is legal. Mississippi approved medical marijuana this election cycle, making medical marijuana legal virtually nationwide (only Alabama, Idaho, Kansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Wyoming are left as the final holdouts where all forms of marijuana use are still illegal). 

 And even as cannabis gains approval state-by-state, federal approval is not yet off the table. Congress initially planned to vote on the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act in September, but later pushed the vote until after the election. It is currently expected to come up in the U.S. House of Representatives during the lame duck session. Although the MORE Act is expected to get some pushback in the Senate, the Act is not the only path to cannabis reform. The Attorney General could work with the Secretary of Health and Human Services to deschedule marijuana from its current status as a Schedule I drug, or could issue a memo deprioritizing criminal enforcement against the possession, use, and distribution of cannabis. 

Whichever path it takes, one thing is clear: approval for cannabis is growing across the United States. If you would like assistance in starting your own cannabis business, contact John Mackewich at 419-346-4155 or at

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