Ten years ago, the idea that such rapid progress would be made in such a comparatively short time would have been preposterous, but now, the idea of full global legalisation no longer seems like a utopian dream but a distinct and imminent reality.
Several U.S. States Moving Towards Legalization in 2017
As many as eight U.S. states could see cannabis fully legalised for both medicinal and recreational purposes in 2017: Delaware, Texas, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New Mexico, Kentucky, Missouri and Vermont.
US states that have already voted to legalise recreational cannabis include:
- Colorado & Washington (2012)
- Oregon, Alaska & D.C. (2014)
- California, Maine, Massachusetts, & Nevada (2016)
In some states, such as Colorado, legalization has now been in place for several years, and reported advantages (such as boosted state revenues and a drop in alcohol-related vehicle accidents) appear to outweigh any perceived disadvantages. Thus, increasing numbers of states are gaining confidence in the idea of full legalization.
Across the United States, the public image of cannabis appears to be rapidly undergoing a process of normalization and “depolarization”. An important tipping point was reached in 2016 as medicinal cannabis became legal in twenty-five of the fifty states…