What does the 2020 election imply for medical marijuana?


Marijuana was legalized in five other states on election day in November 2020. New Jersey, Arizona, and Montana all voted to legalize recreational marijuana, while South Dakota legalized medical marijuana and recreational marijuana, and Mississippi voted to legalize medical marijuana.

These voices are another leap forward in the medical marijuana revolution that has gripped the country over the past decade. With so many states now voting in favor of legalizing medical and recreational marijuana, it is certainly only a matter of time before marijuana – at least medicinally – becomes legal at the federal level. It seems increasingly clear that the federal marijuana ban is inconsistent with public opinion.

However, it is still difficult to know what will happen next and what the timeline will look like. It seems like the tide is only moving in one direction – but how long will it be for MMJ to become legal statewide and federally? What does the 2020 election mean for medical marijuana? Will these positive ballots for marijuana legalization lead to federal legalization in 2020? Will marijuana be legalized in 2021? Which presidential candidate supports legalization? And what is Joe Biden’s marijuana policy?

Image by RexMedlen on Pixabay: What do the 2020 election results mean for medical marijuana?

What does the 2020 election mean for medical marijuana?

Overall, the 2020 election results for medical marijuana patients and the MMJ industry have been very positive. The COVID pandemic has hit many economies badly, and there is a realization that legal marijuana, whether medicinal or recreational, is a big money maker. The election, with the passage of all bills legalizing marijuana (and the support of Joe Biden, who is MMJ-friendly), showed that there is strong support for legalizing MMJ.

Marijuana Legalization Ballot 2020

The 2020 marijuana legalization ballot was a huge step towards national legalization. With all five marijuana legalization votes passed, there are now 15 states where recreational marijuana is legal. Medical marijuana is now legal in all but three states.

Will marijuana be legalized in 2021?

Despite the steadily growing number of legal marijuana states and the one-way legalization trend, it is unlikely that marijuana will be fully legalized in 2021. Both presidential candidates support states’ right to vote, and three states are still holding legalizing MMJ is unlikely to be legalized by the federal government in the near future.

With recreational marijuana still only legal in 15 states, it is highly unlikely that the federal government could possibly legalize recreational marijuana against the wishes of a large number of states.

Which presidential candidate supports legalization?

Both of the main presidential candidates in the 2020 elections supported the right of states to decide whether or not, to what extent and in what form, marijuana is legal.

Joe Biden Marijuana Guidelines

Joe Biden advocates legalizing medical marijuana and allowing states to set their own MMJ guidelines. He has expressed his support for modest federal marijuana policy reform, decriminalizing marijuana, and expelling people with marijuana beliefs. However, it does not support full federal legalization of recreational marijuana.

Image by gjbmiller on Pixabay: Medical marijuana is now legal in a large majority of the US states.

Benefits of the medical marijuana card

Even in states where recreational marijuana is legal, having a medical marijuana card is still beneficial. An MMJ card means you have priority in times of scarcity. Medical marijuana can also be cheaper than recreational varieties, and ownership limits for medical marijuana patients may be higher.

What are the requirements for a medical marijuana card?

The requirements for a medical marijuana card vary from state to state. Some states are very liberal. In Oklahoma, for example, there is no list of official qualification requirements. An OK MMJ doctor can prescribe MMJ for any condition they think MMJ treatment will improve. Most other states, however, are not as liberal.

The following conditions qualify you for an MMJ card in most states:

Alzheimer’s DiseaseCachexiaCancerChemotherapy-Induced AnorexiaChronic PainChronic PancreatitisKrohn’s Disease Intraocular PressureEpilepsyGlaucomaHepatitis CHIV / AIDSLupusModerate to Severe VomitingMultipleScus DysphasticsPain Muscle Disease

How to Get a Medical Marijuana Card

The best way to get a medical marijuana card is to schedule an online consultation with an MMJ doctor through MMJRecs. MMJRecs will arrange a face-to-face video consultation with an MMJ doctor in your state to verify that you qualify for MMJ treatment. You will then receive an email with an MMJ letter to send to your local MMJ authorities.

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Beth Edmonds