The past year has seen quite a change of face for a number of Red states across the country. Increasingly, cannabis legalization is being embraced by conservative voters as well as Republican lawmakers.
This week saw the overturning of Maine Governor Paul LePage's (R) veto on expanding the state's medical marijuana program. The majority of Maine legislators sided with medical marijuana and they will now become one of the few states that does not have a list of conditions that qualify for medical marijuana, instead relying on the discretion of doctors.
The second was the delivery of over 18,000 signatures to the North Dakota statehouse. Those signatures are attached to a petition aiming to bring legalization to the state's November ballot, a task it will likely achieve if the signatures are accepted.
Other Republican states like Utah have been back and forth on the cannabis question in recent months and voters will have their say on it on their own November ballot. Missouri also seems poised to bring cannabis to the voters this fall with a number of legalization initiatives on-going.
And that's not to mention the recent passing of some very progressive medical marijuana regulations in Oklahoma. Things are changing, and the political gap is closing when it comes to cannabis.