The Nov. 8 election was a good night for supporters of marijuana legislation.
On that night, 8 states approved new recreational and medical marijuana initiatives.
Voters in four states: California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada approved ballot measures legalizing the adult use of cannabis and licensing its commercial production and retail sale. Voters in four additional states: Arkansas, Florida, Montana, and North Dakota approved initiatives legalizing and/or expanding the use and dispensing of cannabis for therapeutic purposes.
In all, 29 states now authorize the medical use of cannabis by statute. Eight states, home to some 64 million Americans, now authorize the adult use and sale of marijuana.
The pro-marijuana crowd hailed the election results as a national mandate, pointing to the latest national polls showing 61% of people in the United States now support marijuana legalization.
The enthusiasm among cannabis advocates was tempered by the election of Republican Donald Trump, who’s been ambiguous on the subject of legalizing recreational marijuana, and has friends in his inner circle who’ve been vocally against it.
President-elect Donald Trump will have to reckon with this issue when he takes office on January 20.
“We’re losing badly the war on drugs,” Trump said. “You have to legalize drugs to win that war. You have to take the profit away from these drug czars.”
At a rally last year in Nevada — where a referendum to legalize recreational marijuana was passed last week — Trump said, “In terms of marijuana and legalization, I think that should be a state issue, state-by-state… Marijuana is such a big thing. I think medical should happen — right? Don’t we agree? I think so. And then I really believe we should leave it up to the states.”
He has also expressed support for medical marijuana, he’s, “in favor of medical marijuana 100%.”
“I know people that have serious problems and they did that they really — it really does help them,” Trump said.
States Considering Marijuana Legalization In 2017:Delaware,Rhode Island,New Jersey,Texas,Virginia,Kentucky,New Mexico,Vermont,Missouri.
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