Although the current administration doesn’t exactly appear on board, 14 US states are poised to legalize marijuana in 2017. Arizona, Connecticut, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Wyoming, and Washington, D.C. are all seeing a shift toward change with lobbyists pushing for regulation and legalization. Will these states join Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington?
If so, the US would have 22 states allowing the sale and usage of cannabis within their boarders. Still other states have implemented medical marijuana, including New York. In some of these areas it appears that medical use will be the doorway to full deregulation and legalization.
Predictions For States To Legalize Cannabis
Unfortunately, it’s unlikely that all of the proposed legislation to legalize marijuana use will pass. For instance, Mississippi and Wyoming are redrafting their plans to legalize after facing static. The conversation is open, however, and that’s great news for stoners everywhere.
Additionally, as more states move to legalize weed, more incarcerated people will be released. Not all states are doing this at this time, but many courts are expunging the records of people serving time for cannabis crimes.
Public Opinion About Cannabis
The polling is a great sign as well. Almost 90 of Americans are for medical marijuana and 60% favor legalization. It’s important to note that some of the people objecting to efforts to legalize cannabis fear heavy regulation and taxation. That doesn’t necessarily make them for prohibition.
It’s possible that some of the legislation currently proposed will prohibit small growers from operating which isn’t the best for the industry.
The tax revenue gained by states willing to legalize cannabis is considerable, however. So even this negative is a positive in some ways. Even with taxes, prices have stabilized between $30 to $50 per eighth. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s pretty standard even in places where cannabis use is still illicit. In fact- it’s not a bad going rate at all!
Even with prices that low, Colorado raised nearly $70 million in tax revenue from cannabis in the first fiscal year it was openly sold. That’s not chump change!
Legalize It Through Education
Education and advocacy is extremely important to the movement to legalize cannabis. This is part of how medical research has helped the cause. Additionally, as more states go legal, more cannabis users are out in the open. This disproves many stereotypes people have about stoners.
I mean, not all of us sit on the sofa all day playing video games. We’re lawyers, doctors, professionals, care givers, and people who are motivated to do good.
If you’re in a position to join a local movement to legalize cannabis, it’s important that you join in. Everyone who does their part helps us gain critical mass. If you can’t out yourself publicly, just be sure to vote for cannabis friendly legislation when you can.
Together We Puff
With any luck, we will see total legalization of cannabis in our lifetime. Things are already so different. There are think tanks devoted to cannabis research. There are crowdfunding platforms where startups can find investors. We’ll profile one soon so you have the full scoop.
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