For the marijuana industry, 2014 was a milestone year. It saw the United States, softening their stance on pot, with Colorado becoming the first ever state to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Since that monumental ruling, there has been a huge spike, not only in acceptance, but in sales as well.
The 2014 midterms saw legalization sweep over more areas of the country, including Oregon, Alaska and Washington D.C. For now, it looks as if the west coast is epicentre of the movement, but that may change in 2016.
Numerous individuals are as yet battling with the idea of authorized cannabis. For a considerable length of time and eras, Americans became acclimated to knowing cannabis as an effective and risky medication — one that could prompt passings and criminal conduct on the off chance that it was permitted in their group. The previous decade has truly opened up quite a few people’s eyes to the realities, which entirely eases those stresses. The therapeutic cannabis groups in a few states have additionally demonstrated the tremendous advantages cannabis can have for the sick, which is one of numerous variables that have prompted a seismic move in general supposition in regards to pot sanctioning. In no time, we sit on the slope of more states planning for impending marijuana sanctioning activities, either got from state officials or from subjects themselves through the polls. Colorado and Washington commenced the entire thing, and have following been joined by a couple of others. That doesn't imply that a large number of different states aren't on the cusp. In any case, here are 5 states that are next in line to legalize marijuana:
Massachusetts - One of those states that is preparing for a 2016 ticket activity is the New England liberal fortification of Massachusetts. Occupants of Massachusetts aren't hesitant to be trailblazers, as they have introduced clearing social insurance changes under then-senator Mitt Romney, and were the first state in the country to sanction same-sex marriage. Presently, cannabis sanctioning supporters are preparing for the following huge open battle: finishing cannabis forbiddance.
Maine - The Pine Tree State had local measures on the ballot in the 2014 midterm election in Lewiston and South Portland that would make possession of up to one ounce of marijuana legal for adults 21 years of age or older. The vote was 55% to 45% against in Lewiston, but 52% to 48% in favor in South Portland. The measures also indicated support for regulating marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol at the state level.
Nevada - Occupants of Nevada obviously don't crave getting left behind as the whole west drift sets itself up for authorization, so a few inhabitants are preparing for a potential 2016 poll activity that will go with the same pattern. The procedure began not long ago, with individuals from the state assembly alongside occupant supporters beginning to accumulate marks in arrangement for a wound at the 2016 election cycle.
Arizona - So far, legalization has taken root in Western liberal coastal states and libertarian mountain states. Conservative voters, which outnumber liberals in Arizona, are less likely to support recreational pot. But they are moving in that direction. A new poll from progressive firms SKDKnickerbocker and Benenson Strategy Group found that 61% of Americans support legalization nationwide, including 71% of Democrats and 48% of Republicans. In 2014, Gallup found that 51% of Americans support legalization, down from 58% the year before. “The federalism argument is starting to see traction,” says the Drug Policy Alliance’s Malik Burnett. Young Republicans are driving the charge, with 6 in 10 of them siding with those who want to make weed legit. And young voters are more likely to turn out in a presidential election year like 2016. “That only bodes positive for the initiative,” Burnett says.
Florida - In early May, the Florida House overwhelmingly voted in support of a bill to exempt patients with cancer and other severe conditions from criminal laws pertaining to the use of medicinal marijuana. The bill will allow limited access to cannabinol, or CBD, for treatment of such illness. Governor Rick Scott signed the bill on June 16. The Florida ballot in the 2014 midterm election included an amendment on the legalization of medical marijuana thanks to a public petition campaign. The measure required 60% of the vote to pass, but voters struck it down 58% to 42%.
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