According to a recent CNN poll, a full 55 percent of Americans think marijuana should be legal. Forty-four percent, however, do not. As The New York Times reports, many of these people reside in rural, conservative areas. This vocal minority has managed to ban marijuana commerce in certain municipalities in Colorado, where recreational weed is legal. As states like Florida, Oregon, Alaska, and California move towards legalization, some in those states are determined to keep pot out of their towns.
This backlash movement could cost pot businesses as well as the government. The Times reports,
At stake are hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues from marijuana sales — promised by legalization’s supporters and now eagerly anticipated by state governments — that could be sharply reduced if local efforts to ban such sales expand.
Colorado Springs, sometimes known as the "evangelical Vatican," successfully banned weed commerce in Colorado. Yakima County, Washington, plans to ban marijuana businesses once legal weed goes into effect in the state. Yakima City Council member Dave Ettl told the Times, "There’s some money that’s not worth getting." In Oregon, where recreational weed will most likely be on the ballot this year, lawmakers are debating a bill that would let municipalities ban or limit medical marijuana sales.