Voters approved legalization in November. On Friday, regulators awarded 86 licenses to businesses, and adult use cannabis sales commenced. No state has moved so quickly.
Voters approved adult use cannabis on Election Day, and lawmakers must begin accepting business applications in January. Though, there is no timeline yet for the social equity program.
Polling in favor of legalization increased in the weeks leading up to Election Day.
An adult use ballot initiative failed to get enough votes in 2016, while voters in four other states legalized cannabis.
The state tried and failed in 2016. But with favorable polling and little opposition, the measure—which includes a high excise tax on cannabis that would, in part, fund law enforcement—seems to have a clear path.
And will the legislature get involved too? “It’s going to be a hot topic.”