Next Year Will Be Huge for Legal Weed –

Next year, adults in California, Massachusetts, and Maine will be able to purchase recreational cannabis. mike force

On average, someone in the United States was arrested for cannabis possession every 48 seconds in 2016. That amounts to more than 587,000 cannabis possession arrests, or about 5 percent of all arrests last year, according to an analysis by the Washington Post.

If you thought the war on drugs was over because you can buy a cheap, legal gram in Seattle, think again. We may have made history when voters in our state legalized cannabis in 2012, but Washington’s experiment didn’t rewrite the rest of the country’s drug laws. Pot is still classified as a Schedule I drug (along with heroin and cocaine).

But that doesn’t mean the criminalization of cannabis is here to stay. No amount of threats from Attorney General Jeff Sessions will obscure our state’s overall success at legalizing weed. Our federalist system, built on the idea that local governments can act as laboratories of democracy, worked in this case. We showed the world that legal pot can succeed—and now, five years later, our country is about to blaze a new path toward common-sense cannabis laws.

If 2012 was the year we punched a hole in the green ceiling, 2018 will be the year that whatever remains of that ceiling is burned to ash like a freshly packed bowl.

Next year—provided bureaucrats follow their own schedules—adults in California, Massachusetts, and Maine will be able to purchase recreational cannabis. California’s massive economy will bring an unprecedented amount of cash to the legal cannabis market and further align the country’s business interests with legalized pot. And Maine’s and Massachusetts’s legal markets will likely quicken the normalization of recreational pot in America.

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