On November 4th, 2014, Voters across many states took a strong stance AGAINST marijuana prohibition and FOR sensible drug laws. The people have spoken.
Here’s what they decided:
Marijuana will be LEGAL for recreational use in the states of Alaska and Oregon and in Washington D.C.
Now marijuana will be regulated like alcohol.
Alaska’s, Question 2 passed with a 53% YES vote. In Oregon, measure 91 passed with a 54% YES vote.
Washington D.C. (Initiative 71) passed with a 69% vote. While this is a huge victory, it is only a first step. The law only allows (right now) for people to grow their own, there is no structure to tax and regulate adult use marijuana, and as we saw in their recent decriminalization law, it will be exposed to possible congressional interference.
Unfortunately, despite 57% of votes being in favor of medical marijuana, the measure failed in Florida. (a 60% vote was required.)
Californians passed Prop 47—which will reduce penalties for some crimes and reclassify MOST non-serious, non-violent crimes. Penalties will be reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor. They also voted NO to drug testing of certain doctors.
In Michigan voters in THREE counties passed decriminalization ordinances, TWO counties in New Mexico did too.
In New Jersey the public was questioned about bail reform and they agreed that the number of pretrial incarceration (for low-level drug violations) should be reduced.
We should applaud the people who worked to make these efforts into a reality.