What We Learned From These Elections: Weed Debrief
First things first: America wants legalization.
Michigan (10th state in the country and second biggest state after California to legalize) voted for adult-use legalization.
Missouri voted for sensible marijuana measures and did it with spectacular eagerness. Good job, Missouri!
Utah — surprisingly! — voted for cannabis as well; the same happened in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and North Dakota. It makes sense to expect Wyoming and Idaho to move towards legalization soon as well.
More good stuff: legalization advocates managed to shed the notorious Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) but also Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), who is famous for the act that protects medical cannabis consumers. Sad, but life moves on.
The House of Representatives gets New Democratic blood, which means that there is a fresh start for a fight against federal prohibition. It means that the STATES Act, as well as the Marijuana Justice Act, have a chance, even if they need to go through the Senate.
To summarize: 1 in 4 Americans lives in a state where cannabis is legal for adults. Canada has been country-wide legal since last month. Mexico’s Supreme Court abolished cannabis prohibition. Those are good news, which also means that America still has a long way to go.
(Sweedsy in no way encourages illegal activity and would like to remind its readers that marijuana usage continues to be an offense under Federal Law, regardless of state marijuana laws. To learn more, click here.)