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Marijuana and the Midterm Election Results

After the 2018 midterm elections, Michigan became the 10th state, along with the District of Columbia, which voted to legalize marijuana.  Although South Dakota voted down a measure to legalize pot, Missouri and Utah voters supported legalizing it for medicinal use.  An initiative in North Dakota failed.  Recreational marijuana is now legal in 10 states; medical marijuana is legal in 33. 

In June, Oklahoma voted to legalize medical marijuana, joining numerous other states that have such laws on the books.  In January, Vermont became the first state to legalize marijuana through its legislature rather than a ballot initiative.  The governor signed the bill into law. 

Marijuana prohibition began 80 years ago when the federal government banned the sale, cultivation, and use of the cannabis plant.  It remains illegal at the federal level.  Overturning prohibition is one of the few hot-button topics with widespread support. A recent poll by the Pew Center found that 62% of Americans, including 74% of millennials, said they supported legalizing marijuana. 

In October, Canada legalized marijuana nationally, becoming the first G7 country to do so. Mexico’s Supreme Court also ruled last month that marijuana prohibition is unconstitutional, paving the way for the country’s new leader, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, to possibly follow Canada’s lead.

 

Legal Marijuana Approved on Election Day

To add to the growing list of states that allow either medical marijuana or recreational use of marijuana, the following states voted on November 4, 2014 to modify how marijuana is treated:

OREGON: Voters passed Measure 91 which legalizes the possession, use and sale of recreational marijuana for adults 21 and over, joining Colorado and Washington state.  The law will also create a regulatory scheme for the production, distribution and sale of marijuana.

ALASKA: Voters approved Measure 2 which legalized the possession, use and sale of recreational marijuana. Adults 21 and older may possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants for personal use. The measure also legalizes the manufacture, sale and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.  Consequently, Alaska now joins the legal recreational marijuana bandwagon.

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Voters approved Initiative 71 which legalizes adult marijuana use, possession of up to 2 ounces, and home cultivation of up to six marijuana plants for personal use.  However, the sale of marijuana remains illegal.  The Council of D.C. is considering a separate bill that would allow for the regulation and taxation of marijuana sales similar to Colorado and Washington state.

MAINE: Voters in South Portland, the fourth-largest city in the state, approved a measure that removes all legal penalties for possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana by adults.  Maine’s largest city, Portland, already legalized recreational marijuana last year.

NEW MEXICO: Voters in New Mexico’s Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties overwhelmingly approved the decriminalization of marijuana in nonbinding ballot questions meant to measure support.

CALIFORNIA: Proposition 47 passed reclassifying most non-serious and non-violent property and drug crimes from a felony to a misdemeanor.  This means that felonies like shoplifting and drug possession will be reduced to misdemeanors.

OHIO: Medical marijuana is now legal in Ohio and there are now ohio medical marijuana dispensaries but you have to have the required medical conditions to purchase it.

FLORIDA: While Amendment 2, which would have legalized medical marijuana in the state failed to pass, it did get 57 percent approval at the ballot. However, the measure required 60 percent to pass.

TEXAS: medical marijuana in texas is legal but you have to get it for epilepsy treatment only and there are a few legal loop holes you have to jump through to even get it then.

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