In the wake of growing unrest over racial injustice, several states have taken steps that may give legalization proponents reason to be optimistic. For example, Georgia lawmakers included decriminalizing marijuana in a recent police reform bill. In New Jersey, a decriminalization bill passed the state Assembly by a 63-10 vote. Taking everything into account, Karen O’Keefe, the director of state policies for the Marijuana Policy Project, believes we will see a record number of states legalize marijuana next year. “I expect a record number of states to legalize marijuana in 2021, in part due to the financial pressures, along with the racial injustice imperative to reduce unnecessary police-civilian interactions,” said O’Keefe.

Like O’Keefe, we are cautiously optimistic that the next year and a half could be huge for marijuana legalization. We have our eyes on New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Arizona, New Mexico, Mississippi, and South Dakota for potential legalization of recreational or medical marijuana. Please check our blog for continued updates on the cannabis industry, including developments on legalization efforts. Also, visit our COVID-19 Resource Center for up-to-date information to help you stay informed of the legal issues related to COVID-19.

Will We See a Record Number of States Legalize Marijuana in 2021? One Expert Thinks So