All it took was good ol’ monetary incentive.
Staff W33D BR0
Cannabis, Marijuana, Pot, Weed, Bud, OG Booga-Booga, whatever you want to call it, it’s coming to a state near you in 2017. Last year was a rather historic year for potheads and weed connoisseurs alike, with seven states legalizing medical marijuana, and four out of those seven legalizing recreational use of the drug. Slowly but surely, weed is becoming mainstream, and for many reasons. States are slowly decriminalizing the drug, and finally noticing that the drug does more good than harm. If you have any platform of social media, it is safe to say that you have seen there have been zero deaths related to smoking weed, and more deaths because of shark attacks or lightning strikes. Take that how you want it, but the United States Federal government just released a statement agreeing that weed does have the medical properties to kill cancer cells, and treat other diseases. With all of the negative accusations against weed slowly dying off, it is only a matter of time before it becomes legal in more and more states.
The weed forecast for 2017 is partly cloudy, with a few celebratory bong hits and 4:20 light ups in many states. Even Fordham Students might be able to smoke a joint or two on Eddies or the couch, without having to worry about public safety. (Not like it was a problem before but just for peace of mind.) Yes, even New York is looking to legalize the ganja during 2017. With Massachusetts legalizing weed in 2016, New York is looking to do the same, of course for profit.
It’s a classic neighbor vs. neighbor battle that is fought without words, just a stern glare over a wooden fence, as each tries to outdo the other. Along with New York, there is a comprehensive list, mainly states on the East Coast and in the South, that are looking to fully legalize marijuana.
Delaware, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Texas, Kentucky, New Mexico, Vermont, and Missouri are all finally looking to legalize weed fully. Now, when it comes to New Jersey, and their doughnut and funnel cake loving governor sporting a permanent foopa and mangina, the fight for legalization might not turn out in the favor of the stoners. Governor Chris Christie just recently said when asked about his veto for the law, “You’re damn right I’m the only impediment [to legalizing marijuana]. And I am going to remain the only impediment until January of 2018.” Maybe he is afraid of getting the munchies and taking down a whole Wawa solely by himself, but whatever the reason, the governor is strictly against the legalization of marijuana. Maybe this is why his approval ratings are at a record low of 19%, not too shabby governor. At a recent poll taken in the garden state, 58% of residents voted for undoing prohibition and implementing a regulated legalization of marijuana as soon as possible. This has been a common trend in the legalization of weed in the United states. Governors and state officials, who could be in the museum of natural history as ancient artifacts, are still sticking to their core beliefs. The basis is that marijuana is bad and if you take a puff of a “marijuana cigarette” you may become addicted and go into a downward spiral of unemployment and ultimately become a gooey pool of slop who still lives in his parents basement and can probably annihilate you with his ultimate team in Fifa that he spent his whole monthly allowance on. With the people saying yes, and government officials saying no, it is only a matter of time before the government dinosaurs go extinct and a new group of government officials take the stage and become the kings and queens of cannabis.
As of late, the recent trend in legalization is the tendency for states to first decriminalize it, legalize it for medical use, and then legalize it for recreational use. The main reason for the legalization of weed for governments, which many states are finally realizing, is profit. Cash is King, and marijuana is the key to that unlimited supply of cash. The amount of dollars state governments can gain from taxing the consumption and sale of marijuana can greatly benefit both the local governments and federal government. Many senators and congressmen/women have started to realize that not only will they be profiting through taxes, but they also won’t have to spend millions of dollars on the war against weed, which will benefit everyone involved. It might not happen this year, or the next, but it is almost certain that Legal recreational use of marijuana in a majority of states will one day be a reality, and 2017 will be one of the many stepping stones to that reality.