America feels like a brand new country today. While most people might chalk that up to one of the most surprising upsets in US Presidential election, there might be another reason for this change in mood: a surplus of legal weed smoke.
Tuesday was a banner day for cannabis legalization in the nation. Four states voted to legalize recreational marijuana and another four voted for legal forms of medical marijuana. Here’s a brief rundown of election day’s marijuana doings:
55.8% of voters supported Proposition 64, which means not only a new recreational marijuana program for the Golden State and also a new regulation system for legal marijuana in general.
Support for recreational marijuana measure Question 1 squeaked by with 50.2% of the vote, versus 49.8% opposing.
Another close race. Boston baked beans are about to get a whole lot tastier now that the state can have legal munchies. 53.6% approved Question 4 and 46.4% opposed
Vegas odds are proven correct again as the state’s voters passed Question 2 with 54.5% of the support and 45.5% against.
The sole party pooper in the recreational legalization race. Proposition 205 failed with only 47.8% of the vote, 52.2% opposed.
Who Florida was supported for President was a surprise and a close race. You could not say the same of the medical marijuana measure Proposition 205, which passed roughly 70% to 20%.
Issue 6 passed after a similar measure narrowly failed back in 2012.
Voters there expanded the state’s medical marijuana program to include treatment of more conditions by supporting Initiative 182.
Another mountain state voted to provide medical marijuana for patients by passing Measure 5 63.7% to 36.3%.
We now have 29 states with a medical marijuana program and eight states plus a district that have made recreational marijuana legal for adults 21 and over. Pretty sweet, unless of course our new President decides to start prosecuting state and municipal-legalized marijuana businesses for violating the federal ban, which he could do, but let’s look on the bright side for now.[Election statistics via Leafly]
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