In a largely partisan vote, the US House of Representatives voted 220 to 204 to decriminalize marijuana, including medical and recreational use. However, neither the House bill nor a similar bill in the Senate are expected to garner enough Republican votes to be passed.
Malta’s legislation, passed on Dec. 14, 2021, awaits the president’s signature (a formality) to become law. The country will just beat Luxembourg, which announced in Oct. 2021 that it would legalize adult-use marijuana soon, to be the first European country, joining only Canada and Uruguay globally in legalization.
The South Dakota Supreme Court ruled on Nov. 24, 2021 that the amendment passed by 54% of voters in 2020 was void because of a technicality. The state’s constitution requires amendments to focus on one issue, while the court held that Amendment A included three separate issues.
The country would join just two countries with full recreational marijuana legalization: Canada and Uruguay. A handful of other countries have decriminalized the drug for recreational use but have not legalized sales.
Connecticut joins 17 states and DC in legalizing the substance for adult use.
The state joins just four other states in legalizing marijuana via legislation.
Governor Northam and the legislature agreed to legalize possession and growing plants on July 1, 2021, with commercial sales coming Jan. 1, 2024.
New York became the 15th state to legalize recreational marijuana, effective immediately, as Governor Cuomo signed legislation the same day it hit his desk. The law also adjusts the medical marijuana law, allowing for a 60-day supply and adding more qualifying conditions.
Governor Kristi Noem has worked to strike down the constitutional amendment, while advocates vow to fight to restore the voter-approved measure.
Though the bill is not likely to pass the Republican-controlled Senate, it is the first time either chamber has passed such an act.
Voters in Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota legalized recreational marijuana in the Nov. 2020 election
Though Vermont legalized recreational marijuana in 2018, sales have not been allowed in the state. With the passage of the new bill, Vermont will create regulations to sell marijuana, allowing shops to open as soon as 2022.
Read pro and con quotes from experts such as Kamala Harris, US Senator from California (pro) and Peter Bensinger, former administrator of the DEA (con).
Across the United States, the DEA seized 2.82 million cannabis plants and $52,308,982 in illicit cannabis related assets.
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Governor JB Pritzker signed HB 1438, legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois. Recreational marijuana is now legal in 11 states and DC.
Our new topic explores the pros and cons in the debate over making birth control pills available over-the-counter (OTC). 9.1 million women (12.6% of contraceptive users) use birth control pills, which are the second-most commonly used method of contraception in the United States. Proponents say making the birth control pill available over-the-counter would lower teen pregnancy rates, provide contraceptive access to medically underserved women, and ease access to a health-improving drug with decades of safe use. Opponents say making the Pill over-the-counter would raise the cost of contraception for women, pose a danger to teens’ and women’s health by removing the doctor’s visit requirement, and limit what options are made available.
Our new website presents the top pro & con arguments and quotes, a history of the debate, a video gallery, the prescription status of birth control pills around the world, and a list of drugs switched from prescription to OTC status.
Delve into the pros and cons with new quotes from Sen. Kamala Harris (pro), who emphasizes the racial disparities in marijuana possession arrests, and former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson (con), who expresses concerns about the impact of legalization on teen use of cannabis, along with statements from many others in this debate.
Newly added research to the top arguments in this debate includes a study from RAND that found a decrease in marijuana use among 8th graders in Washington state, as well as a finding from the National Academies of Sciences that legal marijuana states showed an increased risk of unintentional cannabis overdose injuries for children.
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By passing a ballot proposal in the Nov. 6, 2018 election, Michigan became the 10th US state to legalize adult-use marijuana.
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Read the history of pot from its 1611 arrival in North America to the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act that made cannabis illegal to the 2018 statement from President Trump saying he will probably support states’ rights on the marijuana issue.
Our 56th website explores the pros and cons in the debate over
legalizing recreational (also called adult-use) marijuana. More than
half of US adults have tried marijuana, despite it being an illegal drug
under federal law. Proponents say legalization will add billions to the
economy, create hundreds of thousands of jobs, free up scarce police
resources, and stop the huge racial disparities in marijuana
enforcement. Opponents say legal marijuana will result in more teen
marijuana use, lead to more medical emergencies including traffic deaths
from driving while high, increase crime, and cause environmental
Our new website presents the top pro & con arguments
and quotes, a history of the debate, a video gallery, and a state guide
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