Every year, it seems like more and more states legalize marijuana. California implemented their recreational law this year, and Vermont and Massachusetts will follow later this year. And while there will probably be a few more states that add their name to the list this November, there are some states that may never change their laws.
Here are the five states that will likely legalize marijuana last:
Nebraska is no friend to marijuana. In addition to harsh penalties related to cannabis offenses, the state also sued Colorado for legalizing marijuana. The state’s also engaged in a heated contest over medical marijuana that may or may not reach the ballot this year. Considering the difficulty to even get medical marijuana, it’s probably a lost cause for recreational.
Wyoming is perhaps one of the most backwards states when it comes to marijuana. While most states have penalties for possession of cannabis, Wyoming punishes the use of the drug as well. The state legislature has refused to pass medical marijuana bills, and cannabis advocates haven’t received enough signatures to put the issue onto a ballot initiative. There’s just not enough momentum for the movement.
Even some very conservative states have at the very least legalized cannabis oil that contains no THC. Not Idaho. If they can’t even allow that, how on earth are they going to get support for full-on legalization?
The state of Indiana didn’t allow alcohol on Sundays until last week. You really think they’re suddenly going to go gung-ho for marijuana legalization?
Alabama isn’t known for being the most progressive of states, and it won’t be very progressive when it comes to marijuana either. The state has one of the lowest cannabis usage rates in the country, partly due to the harsh penalties you can receive from using it. Considering how little support the issue has here, it won’t get legalization for a very long time.