The State of Cannabis Legalization

These resources can provide an overview of the state and on-going development of cannabis legalization initiatives throughout the United States and some of the struggles being faced by manufacturers, consumers and regulators alike.

Election 2016 / Legal Updates

Nine states voted on ballot measures to roll back marijuana prohibition on November 8, 2016. The Marijuana Policy Project supported initiative campaigns to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol in Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada and was part of a coalition of groups that coordinated a ballot initiative campaign in California. MPP also provided assistance to initiative campaigns to legalize medical marijuana in Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota. Montana voted on a measure to improve its existing medical marijuana law.

“America’s New Cannabis Legalization Map is Amazing” Leafly, 9 Nov. 2016,

“The Marijuana Election” New York Times, 7 Nov. 2016,

“Will the Trump Administration Weed Out Medical Marijuana?” National Geographic, 11 Nov. 2016,

“Marijuana Wins Big on Election Night” Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2016,

“Gallup Poll: Americans’ approval of marijuana legalization highest in history ahead of 2016 election” the Cannabist, 19 Oct. 2016,

“How the 2016 Election Became a Watershed for Weed” TIME, 8 Nov. 2016,


“Denver’s Social Marijuana Use Ballot Measure Passes” The Denver Post, 14 Nov. 2016,

“Marijuana Edibles Come Under New Colorado Regulations on October 1” Westword, 30 Sept. 2016,


“‘It’s a disaster’: Oregon Marijuana Businesses Push Back Against Oct. 1 Regulation Changes” the Cannabist, 28 Sept. 2016,

State of Oregon: Recreational Marijuana. Oregon State Government, 2016,

“Legal Pot in Oregon: One Year Later” The Oregonian, 30 June 2016,


“Maryland Medical Marijuana Regulators Sued for Not Considering Racial Diversity of License Winners” The Baltimore Sun, 31 Oct. 2016,

“Maryland Lawmakers to Pot Regulators: No Licenses Without Diverse Industry” The Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2016,


“Nevada: No Pot Smoking In Casinos” Merry Jane, 24 Nov. 2016,

Washington (State)

“Marijuana Market Now Almost As Big As Spirits in Washington State” Independent, 21 Nov. 2016,

New York

“A Look Inside Manhattan’s First Medical Marijuana Dispensary” CNBC, 5 Jan. 2016,

Cannabis Industry News, Data & Research


Cannabis Industry Economic Impact

DBS Analytics and Marijuana Biz Daily Factbook are two of the top sources for sales data in the cannabis industry. Both are paid services but contain a plethora of data regarding marijuana business insight.

“Marijuana Biz Daily Factbook 2016 Executive Summary/Complimentary Excerpt” Marijuana Business Daily Factbook, 2016,

“One in Eight U.S. Adults Say They Smoke Marijuana” Gallup, 8 Aug. 2016,

“Support for Legal Marijuana Use Up to 60% in U.S.” Gallup, 19 Oct. 2016,


“Marijuana-Based Drug Found to Reduce Epileptic Seizures” New York Times, 14 Mar. 2016,

“Marijuana Derivative Reduces Seizures in Children & Young Adults with Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy” NYU Langone Medical Center, 24 Dec. 2015,

“Ending the U.S. Government’s War on Medical Marijuana Research” The Brookings Institute, 20 Oct. 2015,

“Marijuana Cuts Lung Cancer Tumor Growth in Half, Study Shows” Science Daily, 17 Apr. 2007,

“Medical Marijuana and the Mind” Harvard Mental Health Letter, April 2010,

“NIH Research on Marijuana and Cannabinoids” National Institute of Health, Mar. 2016,


“Jeff Sessions Nomination Sparks Fears Among Legal Marijuana Advocates” The Guardian, 22 Nov. 2016,

“Cannabis Capitalist: Scotts Miracle-Gro CEO Bets Big on Pot Growers” Forbes, 26 July 2016,

“11 Successful Tech Execs Who Left Silicon Valley to Disrupt the Marijuana Industry” Business Insider, 2 Nov. 2016,