Are you bummed you can’t toke freely because you don’t live in Colorado or Washington? Fear not, because if you’re in one of these 5 states, you may live where they’ll legalize marijuana next.
Do I have your attention now? Good. Here are the five states most likely to legalize marijuana next: Massachusetts, California, Oregon, Maine, and Nevada.
Don’t worry, they aren’t the only ones, as the nation seems to finally start being more progressive about the legalization of marijuana.
With states like Oregon, Washington, and Colorado putting the people in charge of whether they want marijuana legalized or not, they set the precedent for other states to do the same.
The midterm elections of 2014 look to be a ballot that will feature similar legislation to Amendment 64 in Colorado and Initiative 502 in Washington that legalized the recreational use of marijuana for adults over the age of 21.
Oregon also had legislation proposed to legalize marijuana for recreational use, but it was rejected by a popular vote of 54% to 46%.
With such a small margin, and with more members of Generation Y becoming eligible to vote, it will most likely pass next time it shows up on the ballot, as Millennials, regardless of whether they use marijuana or not, feel strongly about its legalization.
It is also no surprise that the more liberal the state, the more likely it is to legalize marijuana, so expect states like New York or Hawaii to possibly have legislation proposing legalization sooner than later.
People who identify as liberals are more likely to vote in favor of marijuana legalization than those who identify as conservatives, so don’t expect to freely toke in any of the states in the “Bible Belt” anytime soon.
Like any other political issue, if you believe in something, write your local politician. Despite what you think, they serve the people, and if the people demand legislation vehemently enough, then they will carry out said legislation. Use your voice!
Stephen Willard | Elite.