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Which States Will Be The Next To Legalize Marijuana?

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legalization legalize marijuanaMarijuana was legalized in Colorado and Washington State as everyone knows. Legalization has been tremendously successful in Colorado, while Washington has had some good and some bad in my opinion. Which state(s) will be the next to legalize? Below are my picks for 2014, as well as which states I think will wait until 2016:

Alaska

Alaska is a very libertarian-minded state, and it’s ripe for reform in 2014. Marijuana legalization will be on the ballot August 19th in Alaska. It’s the only state so far that has a marijuana legalization initiative approved for the ballot. And since their vote is in August, not November, I think Alaska will be the next state to legalize unless another states beats them to it via their legislature, which is far from a slam dunk.

Oregon

My home state of Oregon is currently in the process of trying to gather signatures for two ballot initiatives. One is the same people that were behind 2012’s Measure 80. They made the ballot once, so doing it again is quite possible. However, as 2012 illustrated, national groups are unwilling to work with the people behind this initiative, so victory is no guarantee even if it makes the ballot. The other initiative is by New Approach Oregon, which has national backing, and has a lot of momentum. If the legislature in Oregon refers it’s own version of legalization to voters (odds are looking good!) then New Approach will likely change it’s focus. But if not, look for their efforts to ramp up soon.

There are multiple New England states that may legalize via their legislatures, but there is still a lot of uncertainty right now, so we will have to wait and see. 2016 will see a landslide of states legalize, after which i think we will see the federal government end marijuana prohibition altogether. 2016 predictions include California, New York, Michigan, Massachusetts, Missouri, Arizona, Maryland, Nevada, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Montana, and D.C..

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  1. Hello my pot smoking friends, and if you don’t like pot, why are you reading this?
    I’m 60, smoked pot a “few” times, been busted a “few” times. I gave up an addiction 14 years ago, cigarettes. A legal toxic, supported by our government, and is the #1 killer in the world, check it out. I am pro about legalizing pot but I think the Gov is legalizing it just to profit. It was illegal to gamble but the lottery is OK? Tobacco smoking is OK? If they do make it legal they will control it, an uncontrolled substance?? Anyone that was busted for it will know what I mean. I know this sounds funny,,,but, if they do legalize it, I think they owe me a refund for my fines, lawyer fees..public duty an embarrassment of having my “crime” in the paper ..maybe a pack of smokes and a ticket..

  2. First thing is I don’t smoke Weed, But I think it should be legalized. The US Govt. has been battling weed for Decades now and they have never even made a dent in it as far as stopping the sale & use of it. Why not legalize it and stop spending all of the Millions&Millions of Dollars trying to stop it. Sale it and put a TAX on it and use it as way to have extra money for the budget that can’t be balanced!!

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