This page was updated on Sept. 17, 2020.
Election 2020: Legalization on the ballot
A total of 35 states now allow medical marijuana. Of those, 11 states plus Washington, D.C. have also legalized cannabis for adults 21 and older. Here’s our map of which states are legal, featured in Leafy’s 2020 Jobs Count.
When is the election?
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.
How do I vote?
What am I voting on?
The next president of the United States. Also drug legalization measures in 7 states; 33 US Senate seats; all 435 seats in the House of Representatives; 11 state governors; thousands of state senators and representatives; and many local city and county council races.
Which 6 states are voting on legalization measures on Nov. 3?
Four states are voting on adult-use (recreational) cannabis legalization: Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota.
Two states are voting on medical marijuana legalization: Mississippi, and South Dakota.
Oregon voters will consider two separate drug reform measures. One would legalize the medical use of psilocybin. The other would decriminalize small amounts of all drugs.
Full voter guides to all 6 legalization states
Leafly’s news team has created a fully reported guide to each state’s legalization measures, which are updated as new information arrives. Link to a specific state below:
Legalization on 2020 state ballots
Legalization measures on the Nov. 2020 ballot
Legalization measures punted to 2021 and beyond
|State||Medical or Recreational||Name/Sponsor||Future plans|
|Arkansas||Recreational||Arkansans for Cannabis Reform||Failed to meet July 3 signature deadline, due to COVID-19 quarantine.|
|Florida||Recreational||Make It Legal Florida||Aiming for Nov. 2021|
|Idaho||Medical||Idaho Cannabis Coalition||Aiming for Nov. 2022|
|Ohio||Recreational||Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol||Aiming for Nov. 2021|
|North Dakota||Recreational||Legalize ND||“We are moving forward with continuing petitioning, for the December 15, 2020, deadline to make the 2022 primary ballot.”|
|Missouri||Recreational||Missourians for a New Approach||Aiming for Nov. 2021|
|Oklahoma||Recreational||New Approach PAC||Aiming for Nov. 2021|
What’s at stake, overall?
Everything for cannabis: Federal and state adult-use cannabis legalization; medical cannabis policy reform; state-level legalization; as well the state and local leaders who will implement or block reform. To give an example, about 79,000 votes in three states decided the 2016 presidential election. By contrast, 100 million eligible voters did not vote in that election.
Who should I vote for?
- It’s up to you. Read Leafly’s guides below, and other groups’ endorsements. Ask local and state candidates where they stand on legalization, and legal stores.
- NORML recently graded governors on cannabis policy.
- The Cannabis Voter Project tallies how members of Congress have voted on cannabis.
Biden vs. Trump: Where they stand on cannabis
Joe Biden was an original drug warrior in the 1990s. His position has changed since then, but not by much. He’s now in favor of ‘decriminalization,’ not legalization.
In his public statements, President Trump has been characteristically vague about cannabis legalization. But his administration’s actions have made it absolutely clear that the Trump White House wants nothing to do with legalization.
Here’s a selection of our coverage: