Christmas has now come and gone, and it’s not time for the New Year yet, so I suppose it’s time to catch up on some marijuana news before the year ends. To save you some time, we’ve compiled some of the most interesting marijuana news stories for you. Enjoy.

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Mexico will start selling marijuana products very soon

Mexican officials announced recently that Mexico will soon start selling products that contain marijuana early this coming year. The country will allow the sale of “marijuana-based medicines, foods, drinks, cosmetics and other products,” according to Reuters. Medical marijuana was legalized in Mexico this year, and it looks like recreational marijuana use is on its way in.

It still won’t be legal to sell marijuana buds, but that could be on the way. People who want to get into the marijuana industry also won’t be able to grow their own weed, so they’ll only be able to purchase products from other countries to sell in Mexico. It’s definitely not full legalization, but it’s a step in the right direction.

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Which states will legalize next?

There’s a lot of speculation over which states will legalize marijuana next. There’s also a lot of speculation about how the federal government is going to handle states that legalize in the next few years, but that’s a separate issue. According to Tom Angell, founder of Marijuana Majority, the states likely to legalize soon are: Vermont, Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah, Missouri, New Jersey and Michigan. That’s a lot of states legalizing. It’s likely the biggest state to legalize so far, California, beginning sales in 2018 will cause other states to follow. Americans are also becoming more and more accepting of marijuana use, especially if it’s for medical reasons, so more are approving of legalization.

Vermont is going to be an especially interesting one to follow, because residents can’t vote in legalization in the state. Its constitution doesn’t allow initiatives like that. The only simple way to do it is for the legislature to approve legalization and for the governor to sign the measure. That looks likely to happen within the next month or so, and if it does, Vermont will become the first state to ever legalize that way.

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Nevada’s selling marijuana like crazy

In the month of October alone, Nevada sold nearly $40 million of marijuana. Cannabis has only been legal in the state since July, and it’s been selling a ton of weed since then.

“We are pretty on target with projections, maybe a little over,” Department of Taxation spokeswoman Stephanie Klapstein told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Nevada is selling much more than Colorado did in its first months, and things don’t seem to be slowing down. Regulators in Las Vegas are also currently trying to figure out how to properly set up marijuana lounges so tourists have places to actually consume the products they’re buying. There’s currently no where for them to go, legally, unless they know someone with some private property that doesn’t mind. The West side of the country will soon be doing hundreds of millions (if not billions) in cannabis sales every year.

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Thor Benson is a traveling writer currently based in Los Angeles. His writing has been featured in Vice, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast and elsewhere. He can be found in a run-down whiskey bar. Follow him on Twitter at: @thor_benson.

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