it appears we freedom loving Americans not only repudiated the Establishment’s candidates in the recent 2016 elections, we also gained significant momentum in our quest to end government prohibition rackets, reduce enforcement-legal-incarceration-rehabilitation costs… and more importantly regain some of our civil liberties lost for the last 80 years by restructuring medical marijuana laws for our collective benefit. In one form or another, 7 out of 9 states’ ballot initiatives legalized cannabis on election day.
Marijuana legislation 2016 features 9 new states seeking either recreational use or medical use voter majorities are Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, and North Dakota. Votes all tallied show that we can now add California, Nevada, Massachusetts, and Maine to our previous list of Washington, Oregon, Colorado, and Alaska (ironically including Washington DC) for recreational use of marijuana. Surely, we couldn’t have any pot-smoking, guvmunt politicos prosecuted in our very Capitol, that wouldn’t do.
Although not quite as exciting, there’s more good news regarding medical marijuana laws. On November 9, 2016, new States voting to legalize the medical use of marijuana passed in Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota. This brings the total medical marijuana law States to 29 and the total number of states now having legalized some form of Cannabis or another like CBD to a total of 44 States. (and Illinois went legal in August 2017) That’s 90 % of American States… so yes, I believe it’s safe to say that the tipping point has finally arrived. Following are the current States where marijuana legalization legislation has succeeded.
“This is really day one of a decade-or-more-long process of bringing this industry into the light and getting rid of the illicit market,” comments Richard Miadich who is one of the authors of Proposition 64 in the State of California