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Which States Will Legalize Marijuana In 2016?

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Colorado and Washington State legalized marijuana in 2012. If all goes well, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington D.C. will also legalize marijuana in 2014. Assuming that happens, which states will legalize marijuana during the 2016 Election? Many states are already ramping up efforts for 2016, and there’s a chance that some states might even legalize between now and 2016 via their legislatures. Below are the states that I feel have a great shot at 2016. If your state is not on the list, but you feel that it should be, feel free to add it in the comments section, along with why you feel 2016 is your state’s year. Also, if you feel that a state is on my list but shouldn’t be, feel free to state why in the comments:

Arizona
California
Connecticut
Delaware
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Missouri
Montana
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Mexico
New York
Rhode Island
Vermont

The states listed above either have strong campaigns already working on the ground (and $), or are located in the North East part of the country where legalization via the legislature is most likely to happen in my opinion. I’m not trying to guarantee that all of the states listed above will succeed, but if asked which states I’d bet on, those would be them.

What the legalization models will look like in each state is up in the air, but I think those states have the best shot at legalizing marijuana by the end of 2016 in one form or another. Missouri might seem like a long shot to some people, but I work very closely with their campaign, and it’s one of the strongest campaigns I’ve ever seen. If that campaign team was in most other states, those states would make this list too.

There are other states that have a good shot, like Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin, and perhaps Minnesota, but I think those states are still farther away than the states listed above. Other states, especially Idaho, will have to wait until marijuana is legalized at the federal level before someone can smoke marijuana within state borders without fear of prosecution. I would predict that federal marijuana legalization will happen in 2017/2018, and no later than 2020. I used to predict a date that was much farther out, but the winds of change are much stronger these days, and picking up momentum.

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373 Comments

  1. I live in Texas. I don’t use marijuana but I have ask my doctor about marijuana and he is always testing my since I ask. He said doctors are not allowed to talk to there patients about it.

  2. Amber Rinehart on

    I have MS & epilepsy, smoking marijuana takes away the anxiety that over comes my body due to the diseases! I have almost no seizures due to marijuana! It’s sad that I have to use it illegally!!! Medicinal marijuana needs to be legalized in THIS GREAT STATE OF TEXAS!!!

  3. I am sick and tired of the Marijuana War in Texas. The doctor’s drug test individuals for Marijuana before allowing them to have certain medications. I can understand if the patient is on Opioids, but other medications such as those for seizures should not be included.
    After I discovered I had seizures, the doctors attempted to keep me over drugged on their tranquilizers. This may have been okay except i felt my thoughts, actions, and personality changing I told my main doctor to change my medication or I would quit seeing her. I was tired of being a zombie. She did but she is constantly attempting to increase the medications again. I heard Texas was beginning to study the effects of Marijuana on seizures and asked if I could do that instead. WRONG MOVE! This doctor started hitting me with drug tests. It was not until nearby states legalized Medical Marijuana that I said screw it and have been self medicating and feeling better. The way I see it,if the Texas doctors do not want to okay my use of medical marijuana, I will stop seeing them a d move to a nearby state where Marijuana is legal. I am just tired of the Doctors attempting to overdose me on unnecessary pills and kill my friends with opioid addiction when there is another solution.

  4. I’m currently on opiated and their shorting my life. Run out and I wish fer death please experiment with the good and don’t consider the bad effects, die from pharmaceuticals or option to use medical marijuana. Plz my quality of live suxs now pull to move and a pill to sleep . I’m depending on all these maybe they’ll help maybe Not. I’m sure my life’s been shortened. Is their a answer or I’m doomed to use till my body’s shut down Please see what’s the healing property of cannibis. Chris the pillbilly

  5. I agree 100 percent with you Garret. At least we would know exactly what type/strain we are using and know that it would help ppl so much

  6. Should Florida become a cannabis state I will be moving. Not to far from where I live. I could at least drive once a month to visit my family.

  7. Seems like Tim people would realize this. I’m sure they do but just don’t care. Pitiful

  8. Richard Wilson on

    That would be good to see. Tennesseans wouldn’t have to drive so bloomin far to escape the harmful effects of weed (getting arrested).

  9. Richard Wilson on

    Anybody here from Tennessee? We need some common sense representation too.

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