They say 2014 is a big year for the legalization of marijuana in the U.S., and we've got just the stats to prove that.
The support for decriminalizing cannabis has reached at an all-time high, and chances are that this November more states will take Colorado and Washington's lead into becoming completely marijuana friendly zones.
As of now, 23 states have legalized medical marijuana, with New York being the latest addition to that list. However, just two have made its usage permissible for recreational purposes as well.
Citizens' initiatives to regulate marijuana ala alcohol exist in at least nine states across the country although not all were able to successfully garner the number of signatures required to appear on the ballot on Nov. 4.
The ones whose voters will get to decide on complete weed legalization are Alaska and Oregon. Traditionally, Alaskans haven't been as liberal as people from Colorado and Washington. In fact, legalization supporters have failed twice with their attempts in the Last Frontier. What's different this time is their excellent campaigning and its proponents' belief that voters may have changed their mindset significantly on the subject.
Similarly, Oregon also said no to legalization in 2012 but their movement this time has backing from the same players whose influence and resources got Washington and Colorado over the line.
Proponents in Washington, meanwhile, are hoping to take another major step forward in their pursuit of complete decriminalization of marijuana. Next up on their agenda is to fully legalize the possession and use of up to 2 ounces. They have done their homework and are expected to put up a strong case although getting Congress' approval could prove to be a stumbling block.
Florida, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania aren't as far ahead as the trio above, but their voters will at least get a chance to decide on marijuana's medical legalization.
The two that missed out completely are Arkansas and California, neither of whose initiatives was able to meet the minimum number of signatures required to qualify for the ballot.