RECREATIONAL WEED IS NOW LEGAL IN CALIFORNIA, NEVADA AND MASSACHUSETTS.
What a time to be alive it almost seems like the rest of the world is following in the footsteps of Amsterdam with the legalization of both recreational and medicinal weed. The next few states to take the plunge were Nevada, Massachusetts as well as California.
Now you might think it was already basically legal in Cali but it was only medicinal or anybody who told a doctor they had anxiety and got themselves a marijuana card. With the addition of California, Massachusetts and Nevada, the percentage of Americans living in states where marijuana use is legal for adults rose above 20 percent, from 5 percent.
The old stigma attached to weed has been crumbling year by year because people all over the world are realising its benefits versus its perceived harmful effects. The plant has been proven to be safer than both alcohol and cigarettes as thousands of studies conclude, but for some reason it has, for the longest time been one of the biggest contributors to the prison system.
I mean the most obvious thing that happens when a government stops punishing people for certain marijuana-related activities marijuana arrests and prosecutions drop precipitously. Marijuana arrests in Colorado fell from 12 ,894 in 2012, when voters approved legalization, to 7 ,004 in 2014, the first year of legal recreational sales a 46 percent decrease. Marijuana charges filed in Colorado courts fell 81 percent between 2012 and 2015, from 10, 340 to 1,954.
Those dramatic changes saved thousands of people from unreasonable punishment and instead shifted law enforcement resources towards actual serious crimes. Not to mention it’s very good for the economy, take Washington for example, they legalized gunja in 2014 and just a year later the state had 160 shops open up which meant more jobs as well as a cool $250 million (R3.5 billion) to the state in taxes. This money came from the more than $1 billion (R14 billion) in sales in just a year.