| Posted on Mon, December, 15th 2014 by THCFinder
In 2014, there were three states that legalized cannabis; Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC. These three states joined in with Washington and Colorado, making a total of five states that have begun to sell marijuana recreationally. If the states continue to see the same amount of success as they have so far, it’s expected that there will be more states that join this list in the ballot year 2016. Here are the five most likely states that are looking at marijuana legalization in the next two years.
In 2010, there was a legalization proposal on the ballot but it fell short of the required 60% needed to pass. As a rebuttal to the fail, the Marijuana Policy Project spearheaded a campaign for marijuana legalization in California 2016. MPP is urging voters to pass a tax in order to regulate the initiative similar to how Colorado has chosen to regulate the business. Since California was the first state to pass a bill for legal medical marijuana in 1996, MPP expects that their campaign will help to push California over the edge in to legal marijuana.
While being a state that has long been somewhat of a supporter of marijuana use, Nevada has decriminalized the possession of the plant as well as medical use in 2000. The state went even further as to revise the existing polices in place for medical marijuana in 2013 in order to meet the intentions put forth in the original law. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana in Nevada is an organization that is working towards putting the legal marijuana initiative on the ballot in 2016.
Much like the above mentioned Nevada, Massachusetts has a history of legislatively support of marijuana use, allowing the decriminalization and medical marijuana ballots both to pass. In 2014, votes approved ballot questions that showed support for legalization and regulation. A Boston Herald poll showed that 53% of likely voters say that they favor marijuana legalization.
Portland and South Portland have already legalized cannabis for recreational use. They allow medical marijuana and have decriminalized possession.
Arizona; Even though the penalties for cannabis are strict in this state, there will be a large push for recreational marijuana in Arizona in Safer Arizona is a political action committee that will be taking up broad support for the plant’s reform during the election, aiming to have marijuana legalized and regulated like alcohol. Arizona Capitol Times ran a poll in February showing that 51% of voters favorite legalization in 2016.