Though a winner has yet to be declared in this year's contentious presidential race, one clear winner has emerged on this historic Election Day of 2020: cannabis. Voters in Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota have approved measures to legalize cannabis for adult use in their states, while those in Mississippi and South Dakota have voted to legalize marijuana for medical purposes (South Dakota passed both).
This brings the total number of states with legal cannabis for adult & medical use to 15 (plus the District of Columbia), and the number of states with medical use only to 20, for a grand total of 35 states that have legalized in one form or another.
If former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris do end up winning the White House, they've pledged to decriminalize cannabis nationwide. Though their position falls short of full legalization, this would undeniably still be a major step forward in ending the mass incarceration of cannabis users that has been a hallmark of the War on Drugs.