As an insurance agent in the cannabis industry, it’s important to keep up with where marijuana legalization stands in 2020, on a state by state basis.

—The number of states where recreational marijuana is legal for adults over the age of 21. Those states are: Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Vermont and as of January 1, 2020, Illinois. The District of Columbia also falls into this category. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that even in these states the laws governing how legal marijuana works vary widely—how much you can purchase or legally carry, how much you can have in your home, etc. These states all allow medical cannabis use as well.

33—The number of states that have approved, publicly available medical marijuana programs. Those states are: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia. In addition, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands join this group of states. Each state has individual laws that, much like recreational use, vary widely in their rules and restrictions. But these states do allow, as a group, protection from criminal penalties, access of some kind to licensed marijuana providers and the smoking or vaporizing of some type of cannabis products, plant material or extract.

13—The number of states that do not have approved, publicly available medical marijuana programs, but do allow the use of “low THC, high cannabidiol (CBD)” products for medical usage. Those states are: Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. These uses are limited and regulated.

26—The number of states that have instituted some form of marijuana decriminalization. Depending on the state, decriminalization may include reduced penalties for cannabis offenses, such as civil rather than criminal penalties for possession of small amounts.

10—The number of states that could possibly pass marijuana for adult recreational use in 2020. Possibly is the operative word here. It is quite possible that only a handful, or even none at all, of these ballot initiatives and legislative measures will pass. Those states are: Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Pennsylvania, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, South Dakota and Vermont.  The states deemed most likely to pass are those grouped in the northeast part of the country.

4—The number of states that may pass medical cannabis legislation in 2020. Those states are: Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and South Dakota.

A Couple More Numbers to Consider

66%—The number of Americans that support making recreational adult marijuana use legal.
90%—The number of Americans that support making medical marijuana use legal.

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