Recreational Cannabis , Is Now Legal in 2 More States. The midterm elections saw five states propose marijuana legalization on their ballots. The midterm elections saw five states propose marijuana legalization on their ballots. Maryland and Missouri have voted to join the other 19 states in America that have already legalized recreational weed, bringing the total up to 21. Adults over the age of 21 will soon be able to buy and use marijuana recreationally. Both states will also take steps to expunge the records of some people who've been convicted of cannabis-related crimes. Arkansas, North Dakota and South Dakota shot their states' recreational cannabis proposals down. Arkansas, North Dakota and South Dakota shot their states' recreational cannabis proposals down. However, those states have already legalized medical marijuana. Maryland and Missouri's approval of recreational use comes as the topic continues to find momentum with individual states. A growing number of voters recognize that cannabis policy reform is in the best interest of public health and safety, criminal justice reform, social equity, and personal freedom. , Toi Hutchinson, president and CEO of the Marijuana Policy Project, via statement. State-level legalization victories are what’s necessary to move the needle forward at the federal level, Toi Hutchinson, president and CEO of the Marijuana Policy Project, via statement

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