With Colorado and Washington already enjoying the benefits of legalized marijuana and legislation in states like Oregon and Alaska set to provide legal cannabis to citizens in the near future, it is only a matter of time before more parts of the country vote to support the legalization of marijuana. While some states may not be interested in the benefits that come from legalizing marijuana, others have already introduced future ballot initiatives and measures to bring legal cannabis to adults in their states. Here are some of the most likely states to legalize the use of cannabis in the next election.

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If California legalizes the use of marijuana, the entire west coast of the U.S. will have ended the prohibition of cannabis. With one of the strongest medical marijuana markets in the world, the monetary benefits that would come with cannabis legalization could be massive. Ballot initiatives are likely to be introduced for the 2016 election, putting California at the top of the list of states looking to make marijuana legal for adults.


The Silver State is poised to introduce a ballot initiative in 2016 to provide citizens with the opportunity to carry and possess up to one ounce of flower for personal consumption. Additionally, a 15 percent wholesale tax would help provide funding for education throughout the state. With tourism already playing a vital role in the city’s identity, legalized cannabis could be another huge driving factor for people to visit Las Vegas.


A recent poll showed that 50 percent of Michigan residents would support the legalization and taxation of marijuana for adults over the age of 21. With significant backing from younger voters, men and Democrats, Michigan could be one of the next states to legalize the use of cannabis.

As more people begin to see the benefits of legal marijuana in places like Washington and Colorado, more states will begin making efforts to end the prohibition of cannabis. If you or someone you know is interested in medical marijuana in Portland, contact Shango today at (503) 788-7005 to speak with a knowledgeable and helpful member of our staff.