Attitudes are certainly changing when it comes to marijuana, with more and more peeps opening up about their use of pot for medical, recreational, and even fashion-related reasons (weed crown, anyone?). As weed becomes legal in more and more states (including Washington, DC) and continues to make its way into the mainstream — we’re talking weed gyms, marijuana-friendly resorts, and even weed bar weddings — it now looks like the herbal drug could soon become legal in all 50 states, to be regulated just like alcohol.
A bill introduced by Republican Jared Polis called the Marijuana Revenue and Regulation Act is aiming to make small amounts of pot available for purchase by adults who are 21 and older. The bill states that advertising rules which currently apply to weed would be the same as those imposed on alcohol. Growing and sale of the plant would be controlled by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
Polis introduced a similar bill which was shot down back in 2015, but since states like Colorado have seen such success, he’s confident in a turnaround. “Colorado has proven that allowing responsible adults to legally purchase marijuana, gives money to classrooms, not cartels; creates jobs, not addicts; and boosts our economy,” he said in a statement.
We guess we’ll have to wait and see if the House and Senate agree this time around!
Do you think marijuana should be legalized and regulated like alcohol? Let us know @BritandCo!
(h/t NewsWeek, photo via David McNew/Getty)