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USA Today Predicts the Next 15 States to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

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According to a 2017 Gallup Poll, 64% of Americans support the legalization of recreational marijuana. In 2016, California voters passed Proposition 64 to legalize recreational marijuana, and it will be implemented on January 1, 2018. As for other states, here’s a list produced by USA Today that predicts the next 15 states most likely to legalize marijuana for recreational use:

1. Arizona

  • Possession decriminalized: No
  • Amount decriminalized: N/A
  • Max. fine for less than 2 lbs.: $150,000
  • Annual adult usage: 12.7% (19th highest)

2. Arkansas

  • Possession decriminalized: No
  • Amount decriminalized: N/A
  • Max. fine for less than 4 oz.: $2,500
  • Annual adult usage: 11.3% (16th lowest)

3. Connecticut

  • Possession decriminalized: Yes
  • Amount decriminalized: Less than 1/2 oz
  • Max. fine for less than 1/2 oz: $150
  • Annual adult usage: 15.4% (10th highest)

4. Delaware

  • Possession decriminalized: Yes
  • Amount decriminalized: 1 oz. or less
  • Max. fine for 1 oz. or less: $100
  • Annual adult usage: 12.7% (20th highest)

5. Florida

  • Possession decriminalized: No
  • Amount decriminalized: N/A
  • Max. fine for 20 g. or less: $1,000
  • Annual adult usage: 12.1% (24th lowest)

6. Illinois

  • Possession decriminalized: Yes
  • Amount decriminalized: 10 g. or less
  • Max. fine for 10 g. or less: $200
  • Annual adult usage: 12.3% (24th highest)

7. Maryland

  • Possession decriminalized: Yes
  • Amount decriminalized: Less than 10 g.
  • Max. fine for less than 10 g.: $100
  • Annual adult usage: 14.8% (15th highest)

8. Michigan

  • Possession decriminalized: No
  • Amount decriminalized: N/A
  • Max. fine for any amount: $2,000
  • Annual adult usage: 15.0% (13th highest)

9. Minnesota

  • Possession decriminalized: Yes
  • Amount decriminalized: 42.5 g. or less
  • Max. fine for 42.5 g. or less: $200
  • Annual adult usage: 12.6% (21st highest)

10. Montana

  • Possession decriminalized: No
  • Amount decriminalized: N/A
  • Max. fine for 60 g, or less: $500
  • Annual adult usage: 15.1% (11th highest)

11. New Hampshire

  • Possession decriminalized: Yes
  • Amount decriminalized: 3/4 oz. or less
  • Max. fine for 3/4 oz. or less: $100
  • Annual adult usage: 17.1% (9th highest)

12. New York

  • Possession decriminalized: Yes
  • Amount decriminalized: 25 g. or less
  • Max. fine for 25 g. or less: $100
  • Annual adult usage: 15.0% (14th highest)

13. Ohio

  • Possession decriminalized: Yes
  • Amount decriminalized: Less than 100 g.
  • Max. fine for less than 100 g.: $150
  • Annual adult usage: 12.0% (21st lowest)

14. Rhode Island

  • Possession decriminalized: Yes
  • Amount decriminalized: Less than 1 oz.
  • Max. fine for less than 1 oz.: $150
  • Annual adult usage: 18.7% (6th highest)

15. Vermont

  • Possession decriminalized: Yes
  • Amount decriminalized: 1 oz. or less
  • Max. fine for 1 oz. or less: $200
  • Annual adult usage: 20.6% (3rd highest)