The number of states where recreational cannabis is legal is growing every year.
It’s really quite amazing just how much public perception of marijuana in the United States has changed over the past decade. If you had polled Americans around the year 2000 about medical and recreational marijuana, it’s safe to assume that most of them would have responded that they weren’t in favor of it. Up until very recently a sizable majority of Americans held negative views about the plant. However, once public perception started to turn it turned incredibly quickly, much like gay marriage. Today, a clear majority of Americans believe that marijuana use should be legal, and that majority stands whether you’re asking about recreational cannabis or medicinal. American society has turned the page on marijuana, and you can expect more and more states to legalize it in the future.
In fact, when you look across the country as a whole the trend toward legalization gets even clearer. At first, states like California legalized its use but only for medicinal purposes. In other words, if a person wanted to consume marijuana legally they first had to consult with a doctor and get a prescription. Doctors wrote these prescriptions for people suffering from stomach issues, chronic pain, anxiety, and more. You needed to be suffering from one of the things that marijuana has been proven to help and then you could get a card that said you were a medical marijuana user. After California, several other states legalized marijuana use but only for medicinal purposes. It wasn’t until about a decade later that states started to legalize its use recreationally. It was about that time when perceptions of the plant really started to change. Once people were able to see that so many states had legalized its use and those states were doing just fine, they started to realize that marijuana wasn’t really as bad as they had thought before. Thus, they came around on the plant and came to the conclusion that its legalization really wasn’t that big of a deal. In fact, many states are now showing that since they’ve legalized its use recreationally the number of teens smoking it has gone down dramatically. Perhaps it’s lost its luster.
If the current trend has anything to say about it, it’s quite possible that more and more states are going to continue to legalize recreational and medical cannabis. State legislators are seeing just how much tax revenue states like Colorado have been able to generate from selling the stuff, and they’re eyes are getting wide thinking about how that money could help them reduce their deficit. Thus, people are realizing that marijuana isn’t really as bad as they thought it was, that states are seeing positive benefits from regulating and selling it, and that teen use numbers are down in some states. It’s no surprise that dispensaries like Boulder Wellness Center are feeling quite confident about the future of the marijuana industry. They know that their product and market are safe, because they see the writing on the wall. More and more states will continue to legalize, and it’s quite likely that the federal government will eventually follow suit.