Why Some Activists Are Opposed To Cannabis Legalization Bills

The Big Idea

This is a big year for cannabis legalization in the United States. Later this fall, voters in California, Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada will decide whether or not to legalize recreational marijuana.

And while the legalization bills in these states are facing opposition from the usual anti-pot crowds, they’re also getting pushback from cannabis activists. These activists think the new laws could do more harm than good.

There are a bunch of reasons why some activists aren’t excited about the upcoming legalization bills. Here are the most important ones.

Too Much Regulation

Most of the bills up for a vote this fall comes with tons of new rules about how to regulate legal cannabis. Many activists are concerned these regulations will produce unwanted outcomes.


For example, new systems for licensing and tracking growers and producers could end up squeezing out

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