# These 3 U.S. States Could Legalize Weed in 2021

## Despite unprecedented challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 was a productive and successful year for the cannabis industry. Now, as we enter the new year, let's take a look at the U.S. states that could go green in 2021.

As we covered yesterday, 2020 turned out to be a surprisingly good year for the cannabis industry. Booming sales, increased cannabis consumption, a wave of legalization across the U.S. in Montana, New Jersey, South DakotaArizona, and Mississipi, and the U.N. reclassifying cannabis all made for a positive year for the industry despite COVID-19 wreaking havoc across the globe.

Now, thanks to the recent legislative gains made in 2020, there are 15 states with legal, recreational cannabis, and 36 states that have legalized medical cannabis.

And as we enter 2021, there are already signs that this year could be better than 2020 when it comes to cannabis, with several U.S. states poised to legalize recreational use of the plant this year. Let's take a look at the states that have hinted at cannabis legalization for 2021 in the U.S.

## 1. New York

In response to the recent legislative gains on the cannabis front, New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo suggested last year in a radio interview with WAMC's Alan Chartock that New York is "ripe" for marijuana legalization.

Now, this isn't the first time that Cuomo has said he wants to legalize cannabis in New York, and in fact, the Governor has done this for several years now – so his recent statements shouldn't be taken as gospel.

## 2021 Will Be a Green Year

The above states aren't certain to legalize cannabis, as we've seen with New York who has looked positioned to do so for several years without success.

However, these also aren't the only states that could legalize cannabis in the U.S., and we could see the number of legal recreational states rising beyond 18 by the close of 2021. Additionally, this year will see the beginning of the Joe Biden presidency, during which his campaign promise of federally decriminalizing cannabis may be actualized.

Outside of the U.S., things are looking positive for Mexico and Israel, who both are likely to legalize the plant.

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###### Louis O'Neill

Louis is a writer based in Sydney with a focus on social and political issues. Having interviewed local politicians and entrepreneurs, Louis now focuses on cannabis culture, legislation & reform.