“The Berlin Wall of pot prohibition seems to be crumbling before our eyes.”
– Tim Dickson, Rolling Stone Politics
On November 6, 2012 Colorado and Washington were the first two states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana through democracy. A testament to the United States of America’s democratic system, the dream of a cannabis legal country is still alive and well. According to Marijuana Poll Policy (mpp.org) 58% of American voters are in favor of cannabis becoming nationally legal. With the two states leading the way many believe within the next ten years plenty more states will soon follow suit.
Although they came up short in 2012; Oregon, California, Nevada, Rhode Island, Maine, Alaska & Vermont are the seven states predicted to fully legalize the recreational use of the popular herb within the next ten years. America’s politicians are taking notice and catching on, in a good way. Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) suggested to Attorney General Eric Holder that it is possible to “to amend the Federal Controlled Substances Act to allow possession of up to one ounce of marijuana, at least in jurisdictions where it is legal under state law.”
As far as steps are concerned the legalization of recreational use of marijuana in Colorado and Washington are steps towards the right direction. Only time will tell when the rest of America is ready to do the same.