Colorado and Washington legalized the recreational use of marijuana this week.
I wouldn’t be surprised if other states follow suit. Attitudes about marijuana are changing. This poll, taken a year ago, shows half the country now supports legalizing pot.
I wonder why the issue hasn’t gained more traction in Wyoming. Yes, Wyoming is about as red of a state as you’ll find. But it also has a strong libertarian streak, despite recent inroads by social conservatives.
Wyomingites place a lot of value in letting people make their own choices, rather than relying on the government for guidance. They also want small, unobtrusive government. It seems to me that marijuana legalization would appeal to both values.
Yes, you might say, but red states aren’t all the high on drugs. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) But Alaska, another solidly Republican state, has pretty lax attitudes toward personal marijuana use.