The next states to ease restrictions on marijuana now that Colorado and Washington state have legalized its recreational use may be Illinois, Kentucky, New Hampshire, and Vermont, says Reason magazine, quoting advocacy groups. “What I’m hearing is that a dam broke,” says Jill Harris of the Drug Policy Alliance. “Before Colorado and Washington, the idea of legal marijuana existed in the realm of fantasy. But after Colorado and Washington, we can have a more serious conversation.”
New Hampshire may add itself to the medical marijuana list, with its governor now Maggie Hassan, a former state senator who voted for medical marijuana in 2009 after meeting with patients. In Kentucky, advocates hopeful that legislators will restore hemp to its rightful place as a major Kentucky cash crop. Illinois legislators are talking about medical marijuana legalization, and Vermont may consider decriminalization of marijuana.