Will Vermont be next to legalize recreational pot?

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Will Vermont be next to legalize recreational pot?

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 11:20am -- tim

While there has been a strong push to legalize marijuana in Vermont, despite what appears to be a legislative logjam this year, a researcher expects the state to be one of the next to legalize its recreational use. Laws went into effect last week that legalized recreational marijuana in both Alaska and Washington, DC. A University of Kansas researcher into the history of cannabis’ acceptance now has predicted the next five US states where voters or Legislatures could be inclined to approve marijuana use for relaxation and enjoyment.

Barney Warf, professor of geography at the University of Kansas, is the author of “High Points: An Historical History of Cannabis,” published in the peer-reviewed journal Geographical Review in September 2014.

Warf said legalization can be “hard to predict,” but he made his forecast of states expected to legalize cannabis based on their current laws and voter leanings.

“All five of these states have legal medical marijuana and tend to be liberal or libertarian in voting patterns,” he said.


  1. California: “Recreational cannabis almost was legalized in the past, and California voters are sure to do so in 2016.”
  2. Nevada: “Nevada shares the libertarian sentiments of Alaska.”
  3. Vermont: “There’s a strong liberal tradition there in Vermont.”
  4. Illinois: “'The Land of Lincoln' is surprisingly progressive on this issue.”
  5. New York: “New York legalized medical marijuana last year.”

Source: KU. 3.4.2015. The University of Kansas is a major comprehensive research and teaching university. The university's mission is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world. The KU News Service is the central public relations office for the Lawrence campus.