Alaska, Oregon, and Washington DC all legalized recreational marijuana this past year, and we at Stoned Girls couldn’t be happier for them. With all that hype dying down a bit, we were wondering what states were likely to follow suit.
Nevada is the first official state to have marijuana legalization on the ballot for 2016. Last week, Mason Tvert, spokesperson for the Marijuana Policy Project said, “Voters will have the opportunity to end marijuana prohibition next year and replace it with a policy that actually makes sense. Law enforcement officials will be able to spend their time addressing more serious crimes, and adults will no longer be punished simply for using marijuana.” If Nevada residents approve the initiative, they will join Alaska, Oregon, Colorado, and Washington in the recreational weed market.
A lot of people are shocked that California has not legalized recreational weed yet, as they were the first state to adopt medical marijuana law. It looks like they will finally get their chance in the ballot boxes this year, though. According to Time, “While California is packed with liberal politicians, the state also has conservative strongholds that have mobilized on ballot initiatives in the past. If an initiative passes there, advocates will trumpet it as evidence that legalization has wide bipartisan appeal.”
Although conservative voters out number their liberal counterparts in Arizona, polls are showing that a number of them are likely to vote pro-legalization. In fact, 60% of young republicans are likely to vote yes on legalization.
Moving out east, Maine may be the first east coast state to say yes to legal weed. Two large cities in Main have already proved they are down to legalize marijuana in their state over the past few years. In fact, when Portland Maine (the state’s largest city) voted to allow adults to possess a small amount of weed, it became the first city on the east coast to pass this type of initiative.
Marijuana has been decriminalized in Massachusetts since 2008, and medical marijuana became legal in 2012. It is important to note that both measures passed with 60% of the vote. While their medical marijuana group is still getting off the ground, organizers are preparing signature-gathering efforts as well as raising money to assuage skeptical lawmakers.
The show me state is home to an activist group called Show Me Cannabis that, according to AlterNet, “has been running an impressive educational campaign about marijuana legalization for the past few years.” While the group’s efforts to get an initiative on the ballot last year fell short, they have already filed paperwork for 2016, and it looks hopeful.