There might be a lot of voter apathy for the 2016 US elections right now, but that needs to stop right now. 2016 is going to be a make-it or break-it year when it comes to marijuana legalization. The President who gets elected may, in fact, be the one brave soul who takes a stand for a complete national legalization of marijuana.
Here’s why. Each Presidential election typically hangs on three key states. Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida have a history of going swinging red or blue in any given election. If a candidate can win those three states, then they can generally win the Electoral College – even without the popular vote.
When it comes to marijuana legalization, the poll numbers in these three states are absolutely ridiculous.
- In Ohio, there is an 84% approval rating for the legalization of medical marijuana.
- Florida voters also have an 84% approval rating for medical pot.
- In Pennsylvania, 88% of voters support the legalization of medical marijuana.
All states also have a majority approval for complete recreational legalization, though at 51-55% approval numbers. This is notable, however, because these figures show that complete marijuana legalization has more favorable poll numbers than leading candidate Hillary Clinton.
Since the 1960 Presidential election, no one has been able to take the White House without winning at least 2 of these 3 states. Pay attention Republicans and Democrats. If you want to succeed in 2016, then make complete marijuana legalization part of your platform.