Recreational Marijuana: States That Are Likely to Legalize It

Recreational Marijuana: States That Are Likely to Legalize It

With cannabis regulations letting-up on a global scale, people grow marijuana more than ever. Additionally, with multiple educational resources on cannabis seed germination and the importance of female plants, the whole process of getting high yields out of marijuana seeds has become much easier.

2018 was a remarkable year for cannabis activism – Canada became the second country in the world to fully legalize the recreational use of marijuana along with Uruguay. The US has also made a major development in the legalization of cannabis. 10 states have legalized cannabis use already, and with Illinois voting in favor of House Bill 1438, starting from 2020, the number of recreational marijuana states will increase to 11.
The bill will allow all adults to buy and carry up to 1.05 ounces (ca.30 g) of marijuana. Non-residents, on the other hand, can only carry up to 0.52 ounces (ca.15 g). Furthermore, the bill includes a provision to erase any offenses for marijuana possession, which could lead to more than half a million convictions erased.
Just like all the other recreational marijuana states, Illinois will impose an excise tax of 10% on sales. For products with THC levels higher than 35% however, the tax will be 25%. The Governor of Illinois expects to generate $170 million from these taxes.

States Likely to Legalize Recreational Marijuana in the near Future

Ohio

Ohio has the best chance to become the next 2019 state to legalize marijuana for recreational use. The Ohio Marijuana Legalization Initiative is pending for the November ballot and would allow all adults to buy cannabis.
Since the public opinion on marijuana is becoming increasingly positive, there’s a good chance that the initiative will be approved if it reaches the public. However, nothing is certain, as Ohio citizens already voted against a similar measure in 2015, mainly because it would’ve allowed a few farms to dominate the market.

New York and New Jersey

These are some of the most logical choices as they both have propelled legislation for adult use of marijuana. Sadly, they will likely have to wait until the beginning of 2020.
Earlier this year, legalization was quite an obvious thing in New Jersey, before talks fell apart due to disagreements over the social details of the bill.
Almost the same thing happened in New York, so 2020 seems like the perfect year to push through the legislation.

Arizona and Florida

Arizona was just 2% away from legalizing recreational marijuana use on the ballot in 2015. Still, people’s opinion on marijuana has changed significantly over the past 3 years so the second initiative will likely be the lucky charm. The residents need to collect more than 200,000 signatures to get the initiative on the ballot, so if everything goes to plan, it’s extremely likely to pass.
Florida, on the other hand, has seen tremendous success with the medical marijuana industry so it’s only logical to get a recreational marijuana initiative on the next ballot in 2020. Florida is also projected as one of the states to produce the highest revenue of marijuana.

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