Press Release

Five States to Vote on Cannabis Legalization Measures on Election Day

Nov 07, 2022

Five States to Vote on Cannabis Legalization Measures on Election Day

Monday, November 7, 2022

Contact: Violet Cavendish

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Leaders from the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) — which is playing a leading role in several of the 2022 legalization campaigns — will be available for interviews

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).

Toi Hutchinson, President and CEO of the Marijuana Policy Project, and Matthew Schweich, Deputy Director of the Marijuana Policy Project, are available for interviews leading up to election day, on election night, and in the days following the election. Schweich has played a leadership role in six successful cannabis reform ballot initiative campaigns, advises the 2022 North Dakota campaign, and serves as the campaign manager of the 2022 South Dakota campaign.

Please email or call 703-498-9883 to schedule an interview.

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

According to Gallup polls, more than two-thirds of Americans support legalizing cannabis for adults’ use. State-by-state polling shows majority or plurality support in every single state.

See the links below for more information on each of the ballot initiative measures.




North Dakota:

South Dakota:


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 10 successful cannabis legalization campaigns, and also works to advance federal reforms.

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