Author: Judith

The State of Marijuana

The State of Marijuana

Which states put marijuana on the ballot in 2022?

As I have written here more than once, I do not believe that the states where marijuana is legal will have an easy time of it.

In fact, it’s quite possible that many of the 50 (!) states that have legalized recreational or medical use of marijuana will do so in the next two years or four, before the presidential election of 2020.

Yet, even when it comes to what’s happening in Colorado and Washington, one major fact remains: marijuana is already legal in at least eight other states and the District of Columbia.

Those eight may or may not soon be joining Colorado and Washington in the ranks of states who have legal marijuana for recreational or medical use.

And no matter how the votes line up between the presidential candidates (who are, of course, both supporting marijuana legalization), marijuana legalization will likely become more and more a part of the national discussion.

That is because we may very well have a very different national conversation about marijuana once the presidential election of 2020 comes to a close and we all start focusing for ourselves on the issues and the candidates’ positions about the legalization of marijuana.

In the meantime, here are a few states where marijuana has become legal:


As most recreational and medical voters know: California is one of only three states that have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes.

So, what are some of the issues that make a difference when it comes to what the voters decide?

In my opinion, there are the most important factors:

Tax rates

In addition to legalization of recreational marijuana, some California voters may be concerned about the tax rates for this new and much more powerful industry.

If the tax rate were to exceed the current federal tax rate of 22 percent, I would expect many California voters to vote against the legalization of recreational marijuana.

I think the California voters may want to consider a new and more liberal tax structure that allows the state to collect more tax revenue and therefore spend more for services such as education and health care.

However, as with taxes on any other industry, some voters may want a lower tax rate – in fact

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