29 states have implemented medical marijuana laws in the United States, and more are on their way. But what about the ones sitting in the Dark Ages and pretending that marijuana is worse than heroin? How likely are they to pass medical marijuana laws in the future?
Last week, we presented the 10 states most likely to pass medical marijuana laws. So this week we decided to present the 10 least likely to pass it. Here are those states:
10. South Dakota
South Dakota could easily end up on a list to pass medical marijuana in the near future. A group called “New Approach South Dakota” is currently collecting signatures to get a medical marijuana initiative on the 2018 ballot. A similar effort in 2016 failed after the state government noted a notary error in the signature collection. So it’s unclear if the signature collection will succeed.
An effort is currently underway to collect signatures to allow a ballot initiative in 2018 to legalize medical marijuana in Utah. While it’s not clear whether the initiative will even make it onto the ballot, there are some reason to doubt it will pass. More than 50 percent of the state’s population is Mormon, and the church has publicly opposed the medical marijuana initiative. Polls have shown 73 percent of Utah voters would support the measure, so it may turn into a nasty battle next fall.
We put Texas on our “Most Likely to Pass” medical marijuana based on a poll that said more than 70 percent of Texans support it. The issue is that incumbent Governor Greg Abbott has not expressed support for the issue, and will almost certainly win re-election in 2018.
Earlier this year, Indiana passed a law that allowed people with severe epilepsy