Seems to me each round of US elections lately has a batch of cannabis referendums riding in it.
Recreational marijuana legalized in 2 states, rejected in 3 in 2022 election referendums Currently, 21 states and the District of Columbia permit recreational marijuana.
So my question is: have many states passed marijuana legalization laws without going through a referendum first? The subject may seem like a natural fit for referendums, but my general understanding is that most US states have ample ways to enact laws without calling referendums. Is the prevalence of referendums unusual here?