Marijuana is legal in some states, but it is still illegal under federal law.
Here are five states that are likely to join the majority of the U.S. in legalizing the drug.
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California Department of Public Health via Getty Images The Department of Justice has recently released a memo that will soon change the federal law, and this week the state of Colorado voted to legalize recreational marijuana.
So, is it safe to say that Washington, Florida, and California will all be joining the majority in legalizing marijuana in the coming year?
According to a new study published in the journal Addiction, no.
Researchers at Washington State University’s School of Public Safety and Community Health surveyed over 100,000 adults in the state, looking at how people were feeling about their use of marijuana in recent years.
“We found that while most adults have experienced some level of cannabis use in the past, those who have had to seek medical treatment for cannabis use have a lower likelihood of seeking medical treatment in the future,” the researchers wrote in the study.
“Additionally, we found that, for the most part, people who have used marijuana at some point in their life have a higher likelihood of continuing to do so in the next year than those who do not.”
The researchers found that people who said they have tried marijuana were more likely to report a negative attitude toward the drug and less likely to experience withdrawal symptoms.
These are among the reasons why the state has recently legalized marijuana.
It will be up to local jurisdictions to decide whether to allow recreational use of the drug, but there are already indications that the drug is beginning to be legalised.
A recent poll by the Marijuana Policy Project found that 71% of Americans support recreational use in states where it is legal, and nearly two-thirds support marijuana for medical use.