These States Have Legalized Weed in the USA

16 Dec 2020
Election Day 2020 added four more states to the ever-growing list: New Jersey, Arizona, South Dakota, and Montana.
Weed is so normalized in America that it’s hardly cool anymore. Once Martha Stewart, Elon Musk, and your aunt—not even the eccentric one—started talking about marijuana like it was ibuprofen, it felt like it lost its gloried grunge. Long gone are the days of dirty bongs, replaced by high-tech vaporizers and edibles ranging from extravagant chocolate candies to curated, catered dining experiences. Oh, and hundred-thousand-dollar bongs that are coveted like art, because they are art. Brewers are dabbling in non-alcoholic THC beers, and the country’s first-ever weed restaurant, where you can smoke and dine in public without feeling anything more than your regular dose of paranoia, opened in West Hollywood. Weed has a golden cloud around it, where traditional fears have been replaced by excitement, at least on the grand scale. Obviously, legalization has a lot to do with that. In the U.S., recreational marijuana legalization is slowly eking out victories on a state-by-state basis. In the 2016 election, which was bad for most reasons but good for this one, four states got on board, raising the total to eight states to legalize since Colorado kicked off the movement in 2012. On the first day of 2020, Illinois became the eleventh state in America to legalize weed, with lines snaking along blocks for hours on day one. And then, on Election Day 2020, another four states added their numbers to the growing pack: Arizona, New Jersey, Montana, and South Dakota. At this point, it's hardly a surprise that yet another state has decided to make itself a haven for marijuana users (as well as businesses tapping into the lucrative marijuana market). About one in three Americans now live where all adults have access to it, according to Politico. That's 93 million Americans. It looks like New York, Florida, and Ohio could pass legalization efforts in 2021 too. It looks like Europe is fastly losing out...