Each election year, more U.S. states have chosen to chip away at cannabis prohibition. Last November alone, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada legalized cannabis for recreational use—bringing the total number of “full legalization” states to eight: Alaska, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Maine, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, plus Washington, D.C.
Many more—29 states and D.C.—allow cannabis for medical use.
The use of ballot initiatives has made the slow death of cannabis prohibition possible—and according to a new analysis by 24/7 Wall Street, this process will shape future legalization efforts as well.
24/7 Wall Street, a partner of USA Today, compiled a list of 15 states that appear to have the best chance at being the next to legalize it.
Many of them will rely on ballot initiatives to get it done: citizens collect a certain number of signatures (depending on the state) to qualify their proposal for the ballot. Come election day, the public is given the opportunity to vote on the ballot initiative.
According to Ballotpedia, 21 U.S. states allow citizens to put up their own ballot initiatives for a public vote.