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Marijuana now 'Legal' for Over Half of All Americans

Marijuana now 'Legal' for Over Half of All Americans

Tuesday's election ballot measures add four more states to those that already allow some form of 'legalized' marijuana use. Twenty-seven states now have laws on the books governing personal marijuana use, with eight of those states making provisions for recreational use. Approximately 60% of Americans now have access to some form of legalized marijuana.

While some states are easing up on marijuana laws, the federal government still classifies it as a Schedule I substance, alongside heroin. Schedule I substances are defined as those that otherwise have no medical value. The Obama administration has taken a hands-off policy toward state legalization, believing that enforcing current federal laws toward marijuana would be unfeasible. It is unclear what the policy will be under the Trump administration. It is also unclear what the Supreme Court will do regarding the legalization of marijuana, as it is not constitutionally legal for state laws to supersede federal laws.

Supporters of legalization argue for medicinal use of marijuana, increased state tax revenues, and decreased state prosecution costs. Opponents of legalization argue that marijuana is a gateway drug to harder drugs and addiction, public addiction treatment costs will increase, impaired driving accidents and arrests will increase, public health care costs will skyrocket, and that marijuana has no real medicinal benefits.

Recreational and Medicinal

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Maine
  • Massachussetts
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Washington

Medicinal Use Only

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
Last modified onFriday, 14 April 2017 11:05
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