Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and that means more than just pumpkin spice lattes and UGG boots. It means the start of the holiday season. The holidays start innocuously with the changing of leaves and slutty nurses as far as the eye can see. Then all of a sudden you’re ass deep in tinsel and tangled Christmas lights. That being said, 2014 is almost over whether we like it or not. Don’t get me wrong, 2014 was an exciting year. There was a polar vortex. The country (gasp!) ran out of Velveeta. Gay marriage legality changed. Amanda Bynes. All really important stuff. I hope 2015 can top that shit.
What I am most concerned about in 2015, though, is what states are likely to legalize recreational marijuana. Marijuana legalization is the biggest hot button topic these days. I even heard a commercial on my Pandora the other day from a politician whose sole platform was legalizing weed. I’m pretty sure his ad slogan was “More weed, less war.” Ummm, ok. I feel like you may be ignoring a couple of very important issues, sir. You’re political strategies may be misplaced.
States like Colorado and Washington have seen a ridiculous increase in tourism and revenue since legalizing marijuana. As much as I love to smoke weed, I am also able to recognize the strictly financial benefits of making Mary Jane a permanent resident. Here are the stoned states that will be seeing dollar signs this upcoming year.
In 2014 Alaska suddenly became Rachel Leigh Cook in “She’s All That” and went from someone no one really noticed to the hottest state in the union all thanks to Ms. Charlo Greene (who we will pay $25,000 to see naked-check it out). Charlo became an internet sensation earlier this year by quitting her news anchor job on live TV to run her cannabis club full time. Even Snoop Dogg said he would travel to the far-out state if they legalize weed, and it looks like they just might. Although medicinal marijuana is already legal for Alaskans, they will have the chance to vote on recreational use as early as November, which would allow for the great state of Alaska to be high as shit in 2015. Personally, I hope it passes just so Alaska can finally see a celebrity.
California is kind of a no-brainer, and quite frankly I am surprised it has taken them this long. Once again, the medicinal use of marijuana is already legal in Cali. They have been pushing for recreational for years now without success. While some supporters are pushing for a 2016 legalization, there is hope for this next year. A recent poll shows that over half of Californians are in support of recreational legalization, which is the highest number to date.
Finally, a reason to visit Delaware! Although Delaware was late to the game in legalizing medicinal marijuana, there is evidence that suggests they will legalize all uses of marijuana in the upcoming year. Personally, I think this is a good move for Delaware, because, and I say this with the upmost respect and adoration, what else do they have to offer? Being one of the first states to legalize marijuana in the eastern half of the country would bring in so many dollars for Delaware, the entire state would be like Scrooge McDuck swimming in gold. Unfortunately in Delaware, state initiative ballots do not exist, so it’s up to their lawmakers.