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Which U.S. States Have Legalized Marijuana in 2020?



Marijuana legalization has been a hotly debated topic. Many U.S. states have already legalized marijuana, also known by the slang term weed, for recreational purposes. Earlier this week, four states joined the rank of states that have already decriminalized recreational marijuana.  

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States that legalized recreational marijuana

On Nov. 3, along with voting for the U.S. presidential election, New Jersey, South Dakota, Montana, and Arizona also voted to legalize recreational marijuana in their states. While the U.S. presidential election results still haven't been announced yet, the four states will legalize marijuana.

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“New Jersey legalized it, but so did deep-red South Dakota and Montana,” said Steve Hawkins, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project. He also said, “It shows that regardless of political ideology or party differences, American support cannabis legalization.”

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Now, 15 U.S. states have legalized recreational marijuana. Along with the four states that just joined, California, Colorado, Maine, Illinois, Alaska, Massachusetts, Michigan, Vermont, Oregon, Nevada, and Washington already legalized recreational marijuana.

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States were medical marijuana is legal

Along with recreational use, marijuana also has medical uses. On Nov. 3, Mississippi and South Dakota voted to legalize the usage of marijuana for medical use. Now, 36 U.S. states have legalized medical marijuana. Currently, marijusna still isn't legal at the federal level.

There are marijuana companies that focus on medical marijuana as well as companies that focus on recreational marijuana. Some companies produce marijuana for medical and recreational use. The companies have come up with a lot of value-add products in the medical and recreational use market.

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That said, marijuana stocks have had a tough time after peaking in 2018. After the crash in 2019, which continued earlier this year, many marijuana stocks got reduced to penny stocks. By definition, a penny stock’s price is below $5.

States were marijuana is legal

Marijuana legalization has come a long way in the U.S. A decade ago, marijuana was criminalized across the country. However, in 2012, Washington and Colorado legalized marijuana. 

The states that have legalized marijuana for medical use are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Colorado, District of Columbia, Delaware, Hawaii, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Missouri, New Mexico, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, and West Virginia.


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