There are currently eight states in America that have legalized recreational marijuana. Most experts believe that number is set to grow quickly in the next few years. But which states are most likely to hop aboard the cannabis train next?
New Jersey could actually be the first to do so. Republican Governor Chris Christie leaves office in January, and most signs point to Democrat Phil Murphy winning the gubernatorial election in November. Murphy is in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana, and there's already a bill before the legislature to do so. Perhaps they're waiting until they know there's someone in the governor's office to sign the bill before they pass it.
Vermont and Rhode Island are also expected to legalize marijuana, although they're often considered likely to do so. The states have fairly liberal legislatures that are often at the forefront of passing progressive legislation, and yet they haven't done so with recreational marijuana. Still, both states are very likely contenders to do so.
Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland are also states that they point out could pass recreational marijuana in the near future, but 2018 may be optimistic.
And when it comes to medical marijuana, cannabis advocates are beginning to put on the pressure in Louisiana and Iowa in 2018. While many other red states continue to push anti-marijuana agendas, those two states have significant support for medicinal cannabis and could see breakthroughs next year.