Marijuana Legalization Considered in Record Number of States in 2019
|Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | Author: ProCon.org | MORE HEADLINES|
27 state legislatures considered adult-use, or recreational, marijuana bills in 2019, a record number according to a report from the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP).
Related bills were also considered. A new law in Alaska allows on-site marijuana use in approved and regulated locations, making Alaska the first state to create rules for cannabis cafes. And many states considered decriminalizing marijuana use or possession.
Karen O'Keefe, JD, Director of State Policies at the Marijuana Policy Project, a marijuana legalization advocacy group, stated, "Virtually every legislature in the country is taking a close look at its marijuana policies, and many have adopted significant reforms in 2019. Not a single legislature moved to repeal or roll back a medical cannabis or legalization law."
Kevin Sabet, PhD, President and CEO of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, a group that opposes legalization, stated, "This [MPP] report is an attempt to mask what was by far the worst year for legalization advocates since 2011. 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."
|Discussion Questions - Things to Think About|
|1. Should recreational marijuana be legal? Why or why not?
2. Should medical marijuana be legal? Why or why not?
3. Why is marijuana legislation taking place at the state level instead of federally?