The boom in marijuana's popularity in red states is not at odds with conservatives on Capitol Hill, who are throttling an already narrow path for federal legislation.
Montana, South Dakota, and Mississippi are among the states that have recently passed legalization referendums.
A growing number of Republican senators are representing states that have legalized recreational or medicinal cannabis — six marijuana have been approved or expanded in one form or another since November. But without their support in Congress to compensate potential Democratic defectors, Weed falls well short of the 60 votes needed to move the legislation forward.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has vowed to push through a far-reaching federal legalization bill even if President Joe Biden isn't on board. But before he can convince the White House on the matter, Schumer must convince at least 10 Republicans to pass this bill.
Three out of the 18 states that have accepted full legalization - Alaska, Montana, and Maine - are represented by at least one Republican senator. Three dozen states and a growing number have also legalized medical marijuana, including conservative strongholds like the state of Alabama and the state of Oklahoma.
12 July 2021