Cannabis is now legal for medical and recreational use in more than half the United States, with a firm majority of the people supporting the movement to rid prohibition across the nation.
Yet, swaying the federal government to terminate the war on weed at least at this point in the game it looks to be a long shot by even the most modest prediction. Instead, Uncle Sam looks more appealing to giving states the right to legalize marijuana as they see fit, an inch of slack that marijuana proponents think will lead to as many as six new states passing bill legalizing marijuana in 2016.
Some of the more current public views, in reference to a report documented by The Washington Post, display an outpouring of support for legalizing marijuana in states with some of the most conservative regulations over its possession.
Over in Texas where Governor Greg Abbot has stated Texas will not so much as decriminalize while he is in office and almost 60% of the residents are gearing up to support the efforts to develop a statewide marijuana industry. While Louisiana, a state infamous for putting non-violent marijuana offenders in jail, has the legalization support of over 50 percent of the population.
With as many as 11 initiatives focused on legalizing marijuana that are getting ready to potentially go before voters in the November 2016 election. In Ohio, residents will have to make the choice on this situation later in the year. However, the most current surveys reveal true majority support for only six proposals: California, Ohio, Arizona, Michigan, Massachusetts, Nevada. These states have the greatest opportunity at establishing the next taxed and regulated markets.
In line with the polls, drug policy experts have attempted at making similar projections in terms of which states will be next in line to legalize pot. Before next year, Rob Kampia, executive director of Marijuana Policy Project, stated that a minimum of 5 states were expected to vote on legalizing marijuana in 2016, including “Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada—and one could potentially appear on the ballot in Missouri.”
As of now, in correlation to the current polling situation, citizens of Missouri and Maine remain unclear whether they stand behind legalizing marijuana or not both states are missing the support of the masses.
Even though Kampia’s recent suggest that Ohio potentially can encounter the risk of failing to pass a cartel-like ballot initiative in 2015, you have to give credit to the state for being home to the only organization, not close enough, to submit enough signatures to earn a place on the ballot a crucial detail that none of the advocacy groups in the other five states have yet managed accomplish.
In an Issue of Reason Magazine, Kampia stated his assumption to become victorious for marijuana legalization, as of now, are “California, Nevada, and maybe Maine, less so in Ohio, Massachusetts, and Arizona.”
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