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Marijuana Legalization Had a Pretty Good Election Night
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=33386"><span class="small">German Lopez, Vox</span></a>   
Wednesday, 07 November 2018 14:16

Lopez writes: "Full legalization won in Michigan, and medical legalization won in Missouri and Utah."

Marijuana plant. (photo: Seth McConnell/Denver Post)
Marijuana plant. (photo: Seth McConnell/Denver Post)

ALSO SEE: All Marijuana Legalization Vote Results in 2018 Midterm Elections by State

Marijuana Legalization Had a Pretty Good Election Night

By German Lopez, Vox

07 November 18

Full legalization won in Michigan, and medical legalization won in Missouri and Utah.

arijuana legalization had a very good election night on Tuesday.

The big news came from Michigan, which became the first state in the Midwest to legalize cannabis for recreational purposes. And it appears to have won by a fairly big margin: With 87 percent of precincts reporting, the “yes” vote got 56 percent of the vote — topping the “no” vote by 12 percentage points.

There were also a couple of medical marijuana victories in Missouri and Utah. Both states went Republican in state races (particularly the Senate), yet they still showed solid support for legalizing medical pot. The winning measure in Missouri got 66 percent of the vote, and the initiative in Utah is so far, with 95 percent of precincts reporting, at 53 percent.

The one bit of bad news for legal marijuana came from North Dakota, where voters rejected an initiative that would have legalized cannabis for recreational purposes. That measure got less than 41 percent support.

But the North Dakota loss was widely expected. North Dakota is very conservative; it was always very unlikely to fully legalize pot before, say, liberal New York and New Jersey. The measure’s chances were likely lowered further because it was very unusual: It would have legalized selling pot without any regulations, leaving it to the state’s lawmakers to quickly enact rules instead. Typically, marijuana legalization measures at least set up a regulatory framework for sales.

In short, marijuana legalization got three major wins and an expected loss on Tuesday.

Beyond the midterm elections, 2018 has been a big year for marijuana legalization. This year, California opened the world’s biggest legal marijuana market, Vermont legalized marijuana possession (becoming the first state to do so through its legislature), and Canada became the world’s first wealthy nation to fully legalize pot.

After Election Day, 10 states have legalized marijuana for recreational and medical uses, and 22 others have legalized only for medical purposes.

For more on marijuana legalization, read Vox’s explainer.

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+5 # indian weaving 2018-11-07 15:11
Remarkably, looks like even Mexico may legalize pot for recreational use before the USA:
I live in CO, first state in the USA to legalize medical mj, and maybe the first political entity on the planet to do so.
+3 # Texas Aggie 2018-11-08 08:18
One reason that reliably conservative states are legalizing marihuana is that they also are in the stranglehold of a death dealing heroin epidemic. Marijuana is one of the most powerful tools we have to combat the overdose epidemic as has been shown by several studies. States with legal marijuana have lower overdose death rates, and even more indicative is that when states legalize marihuana, the death rates from overdose fall dramatically.

Sessions, who is out now, would rather see people die even though they are the same category as he is, white and right wing, but maybe whomever gets to replace him will have other problems to consider, like getting rid of the approaching train about to run over their boss.
+1 # librarian1984 2018-11-08 09:16
And Jeff Sessions won't be around to stomp on anybody's buzz :^D

MI flipped to a Dem governor AND legalized recreational marijuana. The pot won by a greater margin.

Years ago Karl 'the GOP will win for 30 years (because of me)' Rove drove base turnout by placing conservative darling issues on state ballots.

Marijuana is one of MANY issues the Democrats could use to increase turnout among the young and Independents in 2020. (This is particularly important since they used their power to stymie the will of the young and Independents during this cycle.)

The GOP showed us the way and built the infrastructure -- states' rights and coordinated ballot construction.

Marijuana, gun control, wages, corporate taxation, health care, maybe even war and peace issues .. we should start those policy initiatives NOW for 2020.

Progressives might also consider pushing for Barbara Lee as House #1 or 2. The Congressional Black Caucus wants a rep in leadership and I'd love to see Congress' most consistent voice against war at the top.

Democrats need to radically change the message. That is imperative. I have nothing personal against the talented and lucrative Nancy Pelosi, but if she's unwilling to change strategy she needs to be routed.

Someone salivating for her spot is Tim Ryan. But he is Third Way -- very smooth, has the right priorities -- but dead wrong on the solutions. Third Way are uber-neoliberal . They want to privatize everything.