In Tuesday’s election four more states legalized the use of marijuana for recreational purposes, so here are a few charts to visualize how much of America can now get high without being criminalized for it.
With four more states added to the list of legal recreational marijuana – California, Maine, Massachusetts & Nevada – you can now legally use cannabis in eight states; as well as the District of Columbia.
So what does that look like in terms of comparison to non-legal states? The two charts below provide a visual as to the difference in population and land areas in which marijuana is legal.
21% of Americans can now toke without fear of reprisal.
12.8% of America’s land mass is now weed-friendly.
That means that 1 out of every five people can now legally use in their own state. And that 1/8th of the country is fair game to toke on.
A decade and a half ago legal recreational marijuana seemed an impossible dream. Now it is happening and the dominoes are starting to fall more quickly. This is a big deal.
There seems little hope that the rest of the country can ignore what is happening. From here it is only a matter of time, and I expect that before we go to elect the next Chief Clown, there will be no stoner left behind.