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Although the White House does not support legal marijuana, states do not seem to care.
The new administration claims to be pro-business but if that was true, then they would not oppose legal marijuana. Colorado has generated more than $500 million in marijuana tax revenue since it legalized recreational marijuana.
Any pro-business person can see how $500 million would significantly benefit for any state and as we to see more states jump on the recreational marijuana bandwagon.
Today, we have provided a list of 5 states most likely to approve the legalization of recreational marijuana in the near future.
It is no surprise that Illinois is facing a debt crisis and desperately needs to find new revenue streams. The state’s medical marijuana program has taken a while to be implemented and it has faced pushback from Republican Governor Bruce Rauner.
Many political experts anticipate a battle for the governor’s seat in 2018 and Rauner may be in trouble. If a new Democratic governor is elected in the 2018 mid-term elections, recreational marijuana may be easier to pass and implement.
4. New Hampshire
New Hampshire may not be at the top of the list for potential recreational marijuana states, but we think this is a state to watch. Last month the granite state decriminalized personal amounts of marijuana. The decision to pursue decriminalization came after multiple attempts from the public and the state senate to pass a recreational cannabis bill. That bill passed in the house but then governor Maggie Hassan threatened to veto the bill and ultimately killied it.
New Hampshire has a limited medical marijuana program that was recently expanded to include PTSD as a qualifying condition. The state is pro-marijuana and almost 70% of constituents’ support marijuana and the state legislators are often very supportive of marijuana efforts (except former governor Maggie Hassan).
Earlier this month, California-based Weedmaps paid for 40 pro-marijuana billboards in Michigan. The technology company put up 22 billboards in the Lansing region, 12 around Ann Arbor and 6 in Metro Detroit.
Marijuana advocacy groups in Michigan have tried to get recreational use on the ballot for years, but the groups have failed to gather enough signatures. With marketing initiatives like the one by Weedmaps, this year may be different. Last month, a recreational marijuana ballot initiative was ahead of schedule from a signature standpoint and we believe the state has reached a tipping point.
Vermont has attempted to become the first state to legalize recreational marijuana through the state legislature rather than a ballot initiative. The state was almost successful earlier this year when the legislation was approved by both chambers of the state legislature.
Although support for legal recreational marijuana is significant, Vermont Governor Phil Scott vetoed the bill. After his veto, Governor Scott told reporters that he is not strictly opposed to cannabis legalization. The governor is requested changes to the bill, particularly on the issue of testing for impairment.
In November 2016, Arizona attempted to legalize recreational marijuana and was then the only state that failed to pass any form of marijuana legislation. For the second time in state history, voters rejected a ballot measure that would have legalized recreational marijuana.
The legislation faced a strong campaign from Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy, an opposition group and its many wealthy donors. Fentanyl-manufacturer Insys Therapeutics (INSY) also donated $500,000 against Arizona’s legal recreational marijuana campaign.
In 2018, Arizona voters will vote on an initiative to legalize marijuana for recreational use. It's a little too early to tell if it will pass or not, but considering that's already firmly on the ballot and they can already begin generating support it would have a reasonable chance to succeed.