There were many indications that 2019 would be a huge year for marijuana with several high-profile governors supporting legalization efforts and Democrats promising to pass cannabis reform when re-taking control of the House of Representatives. But there has still been quite a lot of progress made since just the beginning of the year, writes Joseph Misulonas.
Several states have made major progress towards passing marijuana legalization bills in just this month alone.
Two bills in New Mexico have been approved by various committees that would allow recreational cannabis sales in the state.
In New Hampshire, a recreational marijuana bill has also been approved by a committee, and the state’s Speaker of the House says that he believes the legislature has enough votes that even if New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu vetoes the marijuana bill (something the governor has threatened to do), they would be able to override the veto.
In Hawaii, a legislative committee passed a recreational marijuana bill as well, and several politicians have said that they want to make ending marijuana prohibition a priority this year.
Tomorrow, Vermont’s Senate will vote on whether or not to allow legal recreational marijuana sales after the state legalized possession last year. Most people expect the vote to succeed. Although the state’s governor says he is not convinced he will support the bill, which means the legislature would also need enough votes to override a potential veto.
This doesn’t include Illinois and New York where both states’ governors have made legalizing recreational marijuana a priority this year and are working to pass a bill in the coming months.
All of this is to say that 2019 could be a very special year for marijuana legalization.