12 States That May Legalize Marijuana In 2016
Marijuana prohibition is entering its 78th year. Compared to 1969, when about 12% of the population supported legalizing marijuana, today a majority of Americans support legalizing recreational use of the drug. When it comes to marijuana legalization, the United States took a major step forward in 2015. Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia joined Washington and Colorado in legalizing pot across the board. With the presidential election nearing, 2016 will most likely be another significant time for marijuana. Many states will have it on the ballot where it is expected to pass with flying colors. According to multiple sources, including US Today, these states may be joining the ranks of states where you can indulge in marijuana legally:
Max. fine for small amount: $100
Marijuana related arrests in 2012: 2,596
Out of all of the states where marijuana is still illegal, Massachusetts is one of the more progressive ones. In a poll released in 2014 by the Boston Herald, 53% of Massachusetts residents were in favor of legalizing marijuana, while only 37% were against. Proponents of legalization may have a chance to change the state law again in November 2016. Democratic State Representative Dave Rogers and Democratic State Senator Patricia Jehlen introduced a bill to to legalize recreational marijuana use for adults.
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