Nevada may be cruising smoothly toward its second year of legalized recreational marijuana, but the outlook for cannabis is vastly different in states across the country.
Early adopter states such as Colorado and Washington are pulling in big bucks — they’re projected to have annual recreational sales of $1.2 billion and $900 million respectively — but are bracing for growth to level off in the near future. Meanwhile, states such as New Jersey that kept out pot altogether because cannabis opponents were in the governor’s mansion are facing new possibilities under incoming leadership, and other states that have legalized it are moving at a snail’s pace to get dispensaries open because of officials’ resistance or logistical hurdles.
In spite of uncertainty in the executive branch and a lack of progress in Congress, 64 percent of the U.S. population lives in a state where marijuana — either recreational or medical — is now legal. Some observers believe marijuana legalization is an inevitability.
“Trump and Sessions raised their hackles, but I think marijuana is on its own momentum streak,” said Will Adler,