With the governor signing the marijuana legalization act, New Mexico officially became the next state in the United States to legalize cannabis. The state is the fifth state to pass the state legislature to adopt the legislation and adopt the policy of marijuana legalization after Illinois, Vermont, New York and Virginia. Another 13 states legalized voting through voter initiatives.
Since the beginning of the year, in less than four months, three states in the United States have officially passed the marijuana legalization act, including New York, Virginia and New Mexico. Many people may think that this number is already a lot, but in fact, there may be more states legalizing cannabis this year.
Which four states in the United States will legalize cannabis in 2021? Why do the states of the United States insist on legalizing cannabis? Don't worry. Please listen to me.
First, the following four are states that are about to legalize cannabis:
Connecticut legislature is considering two legislative proposals, one of which was backed by governor ned ramont (Democratic Party), and passed on Tuesday on the judicial committee. If lawmakers fail to pass the cannabis reform bill, he says, he expects voters to decide the issue through a referendum.
Matthew Ritter, the state's house speaker, said last year that if the legislature could not pass the legalization bill, he would leave the issue of marijuana legalization to voters in the state's 2022 vote. However, Ritter believes that members of Parliament will be 50 per cent more likely to complete the work themselves in 2021.
In fact, it could be popular if marijuana legalization really appeared in the vote, because a poll released last month showed that 66 per cent of Connecticut adults supported the legalization of cannabis and supported the deletion of previous cannabis records.
At the end of last month, the first house committee of representatives of Delaware approved an adult marijuana legalization act. Despite strong opposition from some Republicans, the house health and Human Development Committee passed the bill by 10-5 votes.
The proposed bill will establish a regulated commercial cannabis system and impose a 15 per cent tax on cannabis sales. However, family cultivation for personal use is still illegal. The sponsor stressed that the legislative proposal was "a first step" and that it would be revised in the house of Representatives Appropriations Committee.
The state's four house committees have approved the Minnesota marijuana legalization act, which will allow adults aged 21 and older to buy and own up to 1.5 ounces of cannabis and grow up to eight. Ryan Winkler, the leader of the majority party in the State Senate, is the sponsor of the reform bill, saying it will pass the remaining Committee bills by the end of April to prepare all members for action in May.
Still, even if the bill is passed in the house of Representatives, it is expected to face major challenges from the Republican controlled Senate. Senate lawmakers have said they are more interested in revising the state's existing medical cannabis program rather than enacting a legalization bill for adult use of cannabis.
In addition, Minnesota Governor Tim Waltz also supported the end of the cannabis ban, which he called on lawmakers in January to use as a means of promoting economic development and racial justice.
4. Rhode Island
This month, two committees in the Rhode Island Senate held joint hearings on two proposals for the legalization of cannabis, one of which was submitted by the governor. Both proposals allow adults aged 21 and older to buy and hold up to an ounce of cannabis.
While the panel did not immediately vote on the two proposals at the hearing, it was widely accepted that legalization of the state was inevitable in the event of the proliferation of cannabis reforms in neighbouring states. Joshua Miller, chairman of the health and public services committee, said it would propose a final legislative plan in the coming months. He added that the enactment of a marijuana legalization bill this year was a priority for the Senate and the government.
These are four states that are likely to legalize cannabis in 2021. Let's talk about why the United States is committed to legalizing recreational marijuana, knowing that it can be addicted and harmful to health?
First, legalization of cannabis can increase the tax revenue of the United States government. Illinois received more revenue from cannabis in the first quarter (January March) than alcohol tax for the first time, according to the U.S. Treasury. In the future, with more cannabis markets legalized, cannabis tax will become an important source of income for the United States and local governments.
Second, the United States government believes that legalizing cannabis can fight the black market and reduce crime. Even before the legalization of cannabis, the United States had a large number of cannabis users, which were mostly from the black market. They believe that legalization of cannabis can reduce criminal activities and other criminal acts that are generated from the cannabis trade. The Washington Post has called marijuana "a great public health triumph" in the legalization of marijuana.
Finally, the U.S. government believes that cannabis is less addictive than alcohol and tobacco is legal, so it is simply legalized. This is based on the huge cannabis consumer population in the United States and is a manifestation of government inaction. Although smoking and drinking is not a healthy lifestyle, the harm of leisure marijuana is far greater than that of alcohol and tobacco.
For example, the report released by the British Lung Foundation shows that cannabis causes 20 times more cancer than ordinary tobacco. Research by a Canadian Addiction Research Institute also shows that cannabis is harmful to both developing and mature brains, which increase with the intensity of use.
In any case, the legalization of cannabis in the United States is a general trend. It is not good for local governments to comply with public opinion and increase tax revenue for the government? But for China, recreational marijuana is absolutely not legalized. Industrial marijuana is the treasure brought by the earth, and leisure cannabis is the culprit of countless tragedies. Let us jointly maintain industrial cannabis and keep away from leisure marijuana!