Roughly a year ago, voters in Washington D.C. voted by a wide margin to legalize the growing and possession of cannabis — within limits, of course. A year later, people in the District still support the legalization law with favorability rating of 69%. And this is despite the fact that the city smells a lot like weed.
Last month the Liberal Party dominated the elections in Canada, sweeping the Conservatives out of power for the first time in a decade. Their leader, the young and charismatic Justin Trudeau, made marijuana legalization one of the primary planks of his platform for governing. As the newly anointed Prime Minister, he is moving forward with that promise.
Last week voters in Pueblo County in Colorado approved a 5% increase in cannabis taxes to be implemented by the year 2020. Authorities estimate that an extra $3.5 million in revenue will be raised, and half of that is supposed to go to scholarships for high school graduates in the county.
Earlier this month the Supreme Court in Mexico declared the country’s ban on the production, possession and consumption of cannabis to be unconstitutional. The ruling opens the way for legislation that could wipe away the prohibition of marijuana in the country.