In the wake of Colorado and Washington's highly successful recreational weed measures, we knew it was pretty much inevitable that other states would soon follow suit with their own legalization bills.
… What we weren't prepared for, however, was just how enthusiastic states with recreational pot on their ballots this November are about it. In fact, it seems that every state that's voting on recreational pot this November is heavily in favor of it.
“Marijuana legalization is leading in every state it’s on the ballot this November,” Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post marijuana policy reporter tweeted Tuesday.
The last available information from the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) boasted the following approval percentages: Arizona at 50 percent, California at 60 percent, Maine and Massachusetts at 53 percent, and Nevada at 57 percent.
Interestingly, among the states considering legal weed, opponents of legalization seem to be more concerned with the wording and specifications of particular ballot measures than they are about whether or not weed should be legal at all, a sign that even the most conservative states (cough, Arizona, cough) are finally adopting a with-the-times attitude about pot. Now, it's not about whether pot should be legal — it's how.
For example, advocacy groups like Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy oppose Proposition 205, the state's recreational pot bill, on the grounds that it would create a monopoly for existing medical dispensaries, slowing the growth of new business. Meh — whether it would or not is arguable, but the point is that the conversation has changed. A few years ago, their problem with weed was that it was a dangerous narcotic on par with meth or heroin. Today, it's that they're concerned about the right business model to use to slang that exact same "dangerous narcotic."
This shift in opposition platform is indicative of a larger trend: states, even uppity conservative ones, are down with legal weed and it's only a matter of time before you can buy an ounce at a dispensary anywhere in the country … even in you, Alabama. See you in 2018.