Five states, Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota, and South Dakota, allowed voters to decide in the 2022 election if they’d like to legalize marijuana. Two states, Maryland and Missouri, approved the decision to legalize recreational marijuana, according to CNN.
Maryland will allow possession of 1.5 ounces or two plants for people 21 and up starting July 1, 2023. Additionally, the approval includes the ability to apply for record expungement for those previously convicted of cannabis possession and intent to distribute.
Missouri will allow for possession up to three ounces for people 21 and up. It is unclear when the start date will begin for allowing recreational marijuana. Furthermore, similar to Maryland people can apply to have their records expunged. Also, anyone with marijuana-related non-violent offenses can petition to be released from prison or for parole.
The other three states, Arkansas, North Dakota, and South Dakota, voted against allowing for recreational marijuana at this time.