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These Four States Might Legalize Cannabis in 2018


Over the last few years, the number of states in the US that have chosen to decriminalize or even legalize cannabis has been shocking. Since Cannabis sativa was first decriminalized in Oregon in 1973, twenty-two more states and the District of Columbia have voted to decriminalize the possession of personal amounts of cannabis .

And in the upcoming election cycle, there’s more great news. These 4 states might just decriminalize or legalize cannabis in 2018.

Arizona

In 2016, Arizona attempted to legalize recreational cannabis. However, the ballot was not passed, in large part due to a lengthy counter-campaign funded by many wealthy donors.

But in 2018, Arizona is likely to be voting on recreational cannabis again. Created by the Safer Arizona Cannabis Legalization Committee, the Safer Arizona Cannabis Legalization Act would legalize the “possession, consumption, cultivation and sales of cannabis” for adults over 21 years of age. To get on the November 2018 ballot, the Safer Arizona Legalization Act petition needs to get at least 156,042 verified signatures by July 5th, 2018.

To find out how you can help in Arizona’s fight for legalization, check out Safer Arizona Cannabis Legalization Committee’s website here.

Michigan

The medical use of cannabis was first legalized in the great state of Michigan in 2008, and next year recreational use might be on the ballot. That is if they are able to get more than the required 252,523 signatures on their petition.

To find out more about how you can help Michigan move toward recreational legalization, check out the Regulate Michigan website.

Missouri

Medical cannabis legalization might make it onto Missouri’s 2018 ballot, according to St. Louis Public Radio. The state’s best shot for medical legalization is New Approach Missouri. New Approach Missouri’s goal is to let patients and their doctors decide if medical cannabis is a good treatment for their conditions.

Before New Approach Missouri’s bill can make it to the ballots, it needs over 250,000 signatures from residents of the state. To find out how you can help, check out New Approach Missouri’s website.

Utah

Utah might not be the first state that comes to mind when you think about medical marijuana, but in 2018 it just might be. The Utah Patients Coalition is leading a campaign to legalize the medical use of cannabis.

The Utah Patients Coalition must get the required 113,143 signatures for their petition before January of 2018. To find out how you can help Utah legalize the medical use of cannabis, check out the Utah Patients Coalition website.

Closing Thoughts

The fight for cannabis legalization rages on in the United States. Eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized adult cannabis use. Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have decriminalized cannabis to some extent. Most impressively, twenty-nine states have made medical use of cannabis legal. We have made incredible progress on the legalization front, but there is still a long way to go before cannabis is federally legalized.

If you want to help fight for cannabis legalization in your city, state, or country, contact your local NORML chapter today.

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