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Wednesday, January 01, 2014

More Legal Weed

Interesting paragraph about some of the states that will next see a legalization push:
The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), which was the main financial backer of Colorado's legalization campaign, is supporting a petition drive in Alaska for an initiative that would appeal on the ballot in August. MPP is working on November 2016 ballot initiatives in Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, and Nevada, plus lobbying legislators in Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. "The era of marijuana prohibition is officially over in Colorado," says MPP Executive Director Rob Kampia. "The state is demonstrating to the rest of the nation and the entire world that regulating marijuana works."
That seems to break down into a couple of distinctive geographic clusters.

A) The mountain west: Montana, Arizona, Nevada. I think it would be safe to say that these are relatively conservative states, but their conservatives are of a much different quality than the conservatives in, say, Kentucky.

B) The Northeast Seaboard: Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Delaware, Rhode Island, Vermont. And, of course, New Hampshire. Blue states, all of them.

C) The Pacific Coast: California, Hawaii, Alaska.

What's missing:

A) The Midwest. Not just the empty midwest of Nebraska and Kansas and the Dakotas, but also the more urban Rust Belt, all the way up and down the Mississippi.

B) The South.

We're going to have to chuck the map with "Red and Blue" states and replace it with the map of "Red and Green" states.

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