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Throughout the country, states are changing their marijuana laws at a dizzying pace. New York legalized recreational marijuana for those over 21 in March 2021, positioning itself to become one of the largest markets of legal cannabis in the nation. Missouri citizens voted to legalize recreational marijuana in November 2022, Minnesota became the 23rd state to legalize recreational marijuana in May 2023, and Ohio citizens will vote this November whether the state should follow this strong trend. It seems like Pennsylvania is on track to permit adult-use cannabis, with Democrats taking control of the state legislature and Governor Shapiro signaling support. While marijuana is illegal at the federal level, there have been strong attempts to decriminalize it. The rapidly changing cannabis legal landscape coincides with a burst in public support for legalization.

This post was originally published on the Cardozo Journal of Equal Rights and Social Justice website on September 15, 2023. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.

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