As we are coming upon another election year more and more states are looking at the legalizing of marijuana in one way, shape, or form. For some states it may be the growing trend of legalizing medical marijuana. At this time there are twenty-three states with legalized medical marijuana with seven more considering it. Florida being one of them. There are four states and the District of Columbia that have legalized recreational marijuana. Many states have simply legalized Charlotte’s Web which is a form of marijuana but does not have the THC content. In other words the United States is beginning to find favor with that once evil weed.
Colorado in its first year of legalized recreational marijuana sold some 700,000,000 million dollars of the herb, earning the state some 63 million dollars in tax revenue. Colorado is now bringing in around 34 million a month and 3.4 million in tax revenue each and every month. For some states this means big money and they are looking closely at a move toward legalization.
There have been many groups that are interested in the growing and distribution of marijuana in their states. For instance, in the state of Florida the original contracts for the growing of the Charlotte’s Web version of marijuana actually were wanting to hold out for medical marijuana to pass in the presidential election of 2016. Charlotte’s Web was passed in the state legislature but Amendment 2 failed to pass in the 2014 election. It failed by only 2% of the vote it needed to pass. So most growers are now thinking big money in the next election.
Nationally a grass roots effort using social media sources like Twitter, Facebook, and You Tube are gaining ground. More and more of the populace are now coming around to the idea of legalizing medical marijuana. Some are still shying away from legalizing recreational marijuana but that will change in time. Individuals who have created pages in favor of legalization are getting followers by the thousands.
In the next year the country will be leaning towards legalization more than it is at this point. The world is figuring out that marijuana is not the evil weed and that for most in the medical community they are seeing it as an alternative to certain medications. Money is the key and marijuana brings in the millions. For Colorado it is also noting that since marijuana was legalized the crime rate has dropped some 15%. If you look at these numbers marijuana is a huge cash crop just waiting to be harvested. For information on the status of the legalization of medical marijuana in the State of Florida please go to forthepeople.com and United For Care.