Legal Weed Is a Go in These 4 States

NJ, Ariz., Mont., SD vote to legalize
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2020 4:18 AM CST
Legal Weed Is a Go in These 4 States
In this March 22, 2019, file photo, a marijuana plant grows at the Compassionate Care Foundation's grow house in Egg Harbor Township, NJ.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

A New Jersey constitutional amendment to legalize cannabis won Tuesday, reports. With nearly 60% of precincts reporting, more than 67% of ballots came back with a yes vote, as had been expected. "Legalization is the result of years of hard work from a diverse group of individuals and communities," the president of the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association said in a statement. But NJ lawmakers must still pass rules and regulations for the industry before it can be sold in the state.

Though weed is still illegal at the federal level, 11 states and Washington, DC, had already legalized it prior to this election. Arizona also voted to legalize it Tuesday, per AZCentral. The AP reports Montana and South Dakota also voted for legalization measures, while Mississippi approved medical marijuana. (South Dakota, in a separate ballot initiative, also approved medical marijuana.) Vox notes if all measures are approved, more than a third of the US will have legal access to weed. (More marijuana legalization stories.)

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