2016 is the 78th year of marijuana usage taboo. For now, there are only 4 states where weed is legalized—Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Colorado plus the District of Columbia. To find out the next states to legalize weed, the researchers reviewed states where the usage of small amounts of drug is not punished by law and where marijuana is permitted as a medical plant.
In 2008, due to the ballot results, the citizen must pay a maximum $100 fine for keeping an ounce or less of marijuana. In a poll that was released in the Boston Herald in 2015, 53% of Massachusetts residents supported free marijuana usage and only 37% were against it.
The maximum fine for keeping a small amount of weed is $600. Despite the fact that this state has the harshest penalties, in November 2016, people will have an opportunity to vote for passing the Initiate to Tax and Regulate Marijuana.
California is claimed to be the earliest adopter of decriminalization that was started in the 1970s. Due to the Compassionate Use Act passed in 1996, marijuana was permitted for medical purposes. Today, there are two bills about drug regulation that have to be reviewed by the government.
4. New York
New York is in the list of states that first decriminalized marijuana in 1977 by passing the bill. In July 2014, the state’s governor signed a bill of medical marijuana legalization. There are still two bills on the table to allow marijuana in the state completely.
Due to statistics, in 2014, the Vermonters consumed almost 25 metric tons of weed, which is worth up to $225 million. Vermont has the highest indicator of drug consumption among 12- to 17-year-olds. The possession of even an ounce of weed is a misdemeanor, while selling half an ounce and more and cultivating of more than four plants is a crime.
On July 1, 2015, the first dispensary for marijuana users was opened in Minnesota. The possession of 42,5 grams of drug is classified as a misdemeanor and is fined up to $200.