Legal marijuana is coming for America, but where did it come from and how long until it’s legal?
The idea and reality of legal marijuana first made a big splash on America back in 2012. Before then, California and a handful of other states offered legal medical marijuana options for those patients who would benefit from it. But the idea of legal recreational marijuana was still very controversial and spoken against by the country’s biggest “war on drugs” policy makers. Everything changed in 2012 when Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana.
What happened when weed hit the market was not a bunch of dopers smoking weed all day long, not contributing to society. Instead, what actually happened was an increase in state revenue, reduction in crime and many other surprising benefits from legal weed that were only guesses before.
The benefits Colorado and Washington experienced has already sparked other states to follow their lead. Oregon and Alaska passed their own bills legalizing recreational marijuana and other states, like California and Nevada, are already planning to have recreational marijuana on their ballots in the next election. After all, national polls suggest that over 50% of the American people support legalized marijuana, and many more support legal medical marijuana due to the building evidence that marijuana does, in fact, provide medical benefit where traditional medications fail. The graph below shows the trend of Americans supports for legal weed.
Las Vegas ReLeaf, one only a few medical marijuana dispensaries in Nevada, sees the trend of legal marijuana and knows it is only a matter of time before legal marijuana is seen across the country. We fight hard to ensure patients who need medical marijuana receive their medication without discrimination or having to resort of illegal methods. While we continue to work hard for this mission, we are keeping our eyes open as the country becomes more supportive of legal recreation weed. We will be watching with anticipation for the future of pot in America.