After four states legalized recreational marijuana last year and twice that many approved new medical marijuana laws, at least eleven more are considering changing their laws in 2017. Here are the states and the legislation they’re proposing:
Not only are lawmakers hoping to expand Connecticut’s five-year-old medical marijuana legislation, but Martin Looney, the state’s Democratic Senate President pro tem, introduced a bill earlier this month that would legalize recreational marijuana.
The Missouri Recreational Marijuana Legalization Initiative didn’t make the ballot in 2016, but the state did pass medical use. Now Jason Kander, Missouri’s secretary of state, has approved a petition behind the initiative pushing to legalize recreational use.
3. New Hampshire
Senate Minority Leader Jeff Woodburn said he would introduce recreational legislation this year — but first, a group of lawmakers introduced House Bill 215 on January 4, commissioning a study of the current marijuana laws in other states. Findings of that study will be released on December 1, 2017; Woodburn hasn’t said if he’ll await the results before he introduces his own proposal. [Read more at Westword]