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Friday, November 4, 2022

Washington, D.C. — On Election Day, voters in five states (Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota, and South Dakota) will vote on ballot measures to legalize cannabis for adults 21 and over.

This marks the sixth consecutive election in which voters in multiple states are expected to approve cannabis legalization measures at the ballot box. If proponents are victorious in each of the five states, 2022 would be the most successful year ever for adult-use legalization ballot initiatives.

The Marijuana Policy Project is spearheading the efforts in North Dakota and South Dakota and has also been instrumental in assisting the campaign in Maryland. MPP has played a central role in a majority of the state-level cannabis legalization victories over the past two decades including the campaigns in Colorado (2012); Alaska (2014); Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada (2016); Michigan and Utah (2018); and Montana and South Dakota (2020).

Heading into Election Day, 19 states had legalized cannabis for adults 21 and over (and 37 states had legalized medical cannabis).

Contact: Violet Cavendish

Founded in 1995, the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) is the nation’s leading cannabis policy reform organization. MPP has played a central role in passing dozens of cannabis policy reforms in states across the country, including 11 successful cannabis legalization campaigns, and also works to advance federal reforms. Visit for more information.