New Jersey and South Dakota are first two states (of many to come?) with marijuana reform officially on the 2020 ballot

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Friday,
December
20,
2019


New
Jersey
and
South
Dakota
are
first
two
states
(of
many
to
come?)
with
marijuana
reform
officially
on
the
2020
ballot

Though
we
are
still
11
months
away
from
Election
Day
2020,
this
past
week
two
state
already
made
official
that
its
voters
will
have
a
marijuana
reform
proposal
to
consider. 
Here
are
the
basics
via
press
reports:



From
New
Jersey
: “Legal
weed
is
now
up
to
N.J.
voters
as
lawmakers
vote
to
put
it
on
2020
ballot

New
Jersey
residents
will
decide
whether
to
legalize
marijuana
in
the
Garden
State,
after
both
houses
of
the
state
Legislature
voted
Monday
to
put
the
question
on
the
2020
ballot. 
The
measure
passed
the
state
Senate
in
a
24-16
vote
at
the
Statehouse
in
Trenton
on
Monday
afternoon,
while
the
state
Assembly
voted
49-24
with
one
abstention….

Gov.
Phil
Murphy
made
legalizing
marijuana
for
those
over
21
one
of
his
campaign
promises.
In
the
nearly
two
years
since
he
took
office,
the
initiative
has
seen
several
setbacks. 
State
Senate
President
Stephen
Sweeney
announced
in
late
November
he
would
not
take
the
bill
to
the
floor,
and
would
instead
seek
to
put
it
to
the
ballot
for
voters
to
decide.



From
South
Dakota
: “Medical
Marijuana
Measure
Makes
SD
Ballot

Petitions
submitted
for
an
initiated
measure
on
legalizing
marijuana
for
medical
use
have
been
validated
and
the
measure
will
appear
on
South
Dakota’s
2020
general
election
ballot. 
According
to
a
press
release
by
Secretary
of
State
Steve
Barnett,
the
petitions
were
officially
validated
Thursday. 
It
will
be
titled
Initiated
Measure
26.
An
initiated
measure
currently
requires
16,961
valid
signatures
in
order
to
qualify
for
the
ballot.

My
understanding
is
that
there
could
be
as
many
as
a
half-dozen
additional
states,
including
Arizona,
Arkansas,
Florida,
Nebraska
and
North
Dakota,
that
could
end
up
having
marijuana
ballot
measures
for
voters
in
2020.

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/marijuana_law/2019/12/new-jersey-and-south-dakota-are-first-two-states-of-many-to-come-with-marijuana-reform-officially-on.html


Campaigns,
elections
and
public
officials
concerning
reforms
,

Initiative
reforms
in
states
,

Medical
Marijuana
State
Laws
and
Reforms
,

Recreational
Marijuana
State
Laws
and
Reforms

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