As 2017 comes to an end, cannabis advocates and community are curious which state will be next to legalize marijuana?
The United States currently has eight states legalized for adult use. Colorado, Washington State, Oregon, Alaska, Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada and California. Washington D.C has also legalized on a dicriminalization level. Colorado alone has shown the amount of success tied with cannabis. States that have legalized have seen hundreds of millions of tax revenue dollars. In the community, jobs are increasing thanks to cannabis. These jobs are minimum wage or higher and even sometimes include tips.
2016 was an amazing year for the cannabis community. Four states had voted to legalize cannabis and then continuing into 2017. However, the changes happening between Canada and the States might mean 2018 will shape up to be just as good. If not better.
But 2018 is shaping up to be a historic year in its own way. It could be the first year that we see a state legalize marijuana via legislative action. So far every other state has legalized via citizen initiative. And not only may we see one state legalize via legislative action, we could see two. Both New Jersey and Vermont appear to be on track to legalize cannabis in 2018.
The Plans for Legalization
via High Times
Vermont legislature has already been out so they have a great base to start from. In addition, the Governor is accepting of legalizing marijuana. So, seems that Vermont is on its way to legalizing marijuana.
New Jersey has hopes for legalization to be set sooner than later. Incoming Governor Phil Murphy states that he wanted to see legalization happen within 100 days of him taking office. Seems very encouraging, but in no way official. It could take 100 days alone to see Phil Murphy in office.
Some states’ efforts are looking more promising than others due to newly elected lawmakers, changing public opinion, and major grassroots movements. Even, Lawmakers have taken notice of the shift in public opinion on marijuana legalization, and many are no longer afraid that supporting legal weed is political suicide. Next year could see a huge shift in favor of green, and we’re not talking about the environment.