Marijuana: The Backdoor Approach to Legalization
When Colorado and Washington passed recreational marijuana laws in 2012, it was a big deal. It took people by surprise. And given that reaction, it’s hard to believe that just four years later six more states and the District of Columbia passed similar laws with little fanfare. Altogether 28* states now have some form of legalized marijuana, and as legalization continues to spread, so does the general acceptance from voters and the population as a whole. Take Florida for example. It passed medical marijuana in November 2016 with more than 71% of voters in favor of the new law. Recent statistics have shown that the majority of millennials and baby boomers alike now support legalized marijuana. But as support “goes viral,” has anyone really stopped to consider what it will all mean? Much like the hubbub around the presidential campaign, are millions of Americans going to be taken aback by the outcome?