2019 was another year of giant leaps and strides for the marijuana industry as a record number of states had considered legislation in one form or another.
Only a few states had actually passed legislation and it was this year that Illinois legalized marijuana for recreational use.
“Virtually every legislature in the country is taking a close look at its marijuana policies, and many have adopted significant reforms in 2019,” said Karen O’Keefe, who directs state policy at the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project.
It was on Monday that the Marijuana Policy Project had released a report on marijuana’s legislative progress.
According to the report, 27 states considered legislation that would have legalized commercial sales, recreational use or possession of marijuana.
“This report is an attempt to mask what was by far the worst year for legalization advocates since 2011,” said Kevin Sabet, the head of the anti-legalization group Smart Approaches to Marijuana. “Parents, teachers and public health practitioners defeated bills in more than half a dozen states, including New York and New Jersey, despite being outspent by an average of 30 to one.”
“When we are able to discuss the failures of legalization, such policies get rejected,” Sabet said.