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13 Things That Haven't Happened Since Marijuana Was Legalized

Washington, Oregon, and Colorado have legalized recreational marijuana use. Other states have hopped on the medical marijuana bandwagon. Surprisingly, since then, the world is still intact.

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There has been a lot of concern in the past few years about what will happen in states that legalize marijuana. Now that we're all in 2014, a little older and wiser (debatable), let's see what things haven't happened because of now-legal Mary Jane.

1. The stigma hasn't changed.

Drugs are bad, mmkay?
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Drugs are bad, mmkay?

2. Crime rates didn't rise. (in Denver they actually fell)

I guess everyone's too busy binge watching Netflix and eating Cheetos to leave the house.
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I guess everyone's too busy binge watching Netflix and eating Cheetos to leave the house.

3. People aren't smoking everywhere.

Marijuana lovers aren't lining the streets, smoking their disgusting herbs in your face and giving you a contact-high at the bus stop as much as we originally thought. (damn)
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Marijuana lovers aren't lining the streets, smoking their disgusting herbs in your face and giving you a contact-high at the bus stop as much as we originally thought. (damn)

4. Marijuana businesses aren't everywhere either.

No! Do NOT unite, growers! The last thing we need is a huge strip of marijuana stores to tempt us with their evil ways.
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No! Do NOT unite, growers! The last thing we need is a huge strip of marijuana stores to tempt us with their evil ways.

5. The black market hasn't vanished.

Don't worry, you can still get your unregulated mystery marijuana from that sketchy guy who stands on the corner. That regulated stuff just doesn't seem to give you the same hallucinations as.... wait...
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Don't worry, you can still get your unregulated mystery marijuana from that sketchy guy who stands on the corner. That regulated stuff just doesn't seem to give you the same hallucinations as.... wait...

6. Colorado didn't pay the price.

Gov. Hickenlooper (try having that name) was quoted in 2012 saying, "I think our entire state will pay the price...Colorado is known for many great things — marijuana should not be one of them." He changed his tune later saying "While the rest of the country's economy is slowly picking back up, we're thriving here in Colorado."
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Gov. Hickenlooper (try having that name) was quoted in 2012 saying, "I think our entire state will pay the price...Colorado is known for many great things — marijuana should not be one of them." He changed his tune later saying "While the rest of the country's economy is slowly picking back up, we're thriving here in Colorado."

7. Kids aren't smoking.

Contrary to popular belief, if your child wanders off the playground into a marijuana business, they will not be able to purchase any. Although, to be fair, this kid has GOT to be high.
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Contrary to popular belief, if your child wanders off the playground into a marijuana business, they will not be able to purchase any. Although, to be fair, this kid has GOT to be high.

8. Marijuana related arrests didn't increase.

Again, another thing that actually decreased, and now gives the police time to focus on real crimes. Who came up with these predictions? It's as if they had some sort of personal anti-marijuana agenda completely void of all facts...
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Again, another thing that actually decreased, and now gives the police time to focus on real crimes. Who came up with these predictions? It's as if they had some sort of personal anti-marijuana agenda completely void of all facts...

9. No serious injuries have occurred from White Castle road trips

Sorry, I had to.
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Sorry, I had to.

10. The DEA hasn't stayed firm.

They're waving the white flag and asking the FDA to take marijuana off it's list of most dangerous and harmful drugs. Hoorah!
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They're waving the white flag and asking the FDA to take marijuana off it's list of most dangerous and harmful drugs. Hoorah!

11. More importantly, neither has Obama.

Actually, just today he backed the DC vote to legalize it! GOBAMA!
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Actually, just today he backed the DC vote to legalize it! GOBAMA!

12. Public opinion didn't go downhill.

The public loves weed! Yay public!
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The public loves weed! Yay public!

13. And no, the nation did not become a lawless wasteland.

Although I wouldn't mind braving a marijuana-apocalypse with Daryl. Mmmm.
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Although I wouldn't mind braving a marijuana-apocalypse with Daryl. Mmmm.

One thing that did happen? Peyton Manning's pizza sales are booming

As if this dude needed any more money. But hey, he approves of marijuana legalization so I approve of him.
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As if this dude needed any more money. But hey, he approves of marijuana legalization so I approve of him.

The times, they are a-changin'

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