Expect more cracks in the grass ceiling
Forget Colorado and Washington. As the first two states in the U.S. to legalize recreational marijuana begin their grand experiment, advocates are already eyeing new targets. With public support at an all-time, um, high–a recent Gallup poll found that 58% of Americans favor legalization–expect more cities and states to consider getting into the weed game.
So which are likely to be next? The smart money says Oregon is the top candidate in 2014. Beaver State voters narrowly rejected a 2012 legalization measure, and better-funded activists are on the ground this time around. While experts say ballot drives in Arizona and California are more likely to succeed in 2016, advocates expect the libertarian streak of voters in Alaska to boost the cause up north this year.
The best bet back East may be Rhode Island, where ballooning budget deficits have left state lawmakers hungry for new sources of revenue.