Will Marijuana Be Legal in Your State Soon?

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The past month has been an important time for the U.S., and for marijuana. After all of the debate and valid arguments from both sides, voters in Alaska and Oregon have spoken, and they obviously think the good that comes along with recreational legalization outweighs the bad. In D.C., however, things are not so cut-and-dry. While Oregon and Alaska voters agreed to make marijuana a taxable and regulated commodity, D.C. voters said yes to something a bit different.

In the District, voters (in a nutshell) said they think marijuana users should be allowed to possess up to two ounces of pot, and that they should be able to grow a few marijuana plants in the comfort of their homes without worrying about facing any type of penalties, but that’s pretty much it. It’s kind of a “we’ll turn the other way and let you do your thing” kind of legalization — as long as users don’t bring it anywhere it doesn’t belong, etc., etc. But, before D.C. can smoke marijuana guilt-free, congress needs to approve the measure, which has yet to happen, but it may very well occur in the near future.

In addition to the two states and D.C. that just passed these initiatives, other states seem to be considering such measures down the road (not too far down the road, perhaps a better expression would be “at the end of the driveway”). A few other states, including California, Nevada, and Maine, Massachusetts, and Arizona may just have marijuana measures on the next ballot. Also, polls in other states, like Delaware, Hawaii, New York, Rhode Island, and Maryland, show that at least half of the citizens in those states support legalization, so it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if a few of those states passed similar measures a few years out as well.

Will marijuana be legal in your state? Well, if you live outside of Colorado, Washington, Alaska, or Oregon, that remains to be seen. But when you take a second to think about it, it’s surreal how in only a few short years, we’ve gone from medical legalization, to recreational legalization in two states, to the nation’s capitol voting “yes” on legal marijuana. At the rate we’re going, marijuana could end up being legal nationwide before we’ve even had a chance to absorb the whole idea.

Check out this infographic, which summarizes our nation’s current legalization status.

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