So How Did Marijuana Do In the Election?
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As the 2014 midterms drew to a close Tuesday evening and the results were tallied, it became clear that voters were largely in favor of legalizing marijuana.
Three states and Washington D.C. proposed measures to legalize the possession and consumption of set quantities of marijuana, and while the results are still being determined in some states, it appears that many of the measures will pass.
Oregon voters said 'yes' to Measure 91, which legalizes recreational marijuana use and allows any person 21 years or older to possess up to eight ounces of marijuana at home and up to one ounce in public. Measure 91 also gives regulatory control of the drug to the state’s liquor control agency, as well as permits residents to grow up to four cannabis plants.
Voters in Washington D.C. voted 'yes' for Initiative 71, which legalizes recreational marijuana use and permits any person 21 years or older to possess up to two ounces of marijuana for personal use. Initiative 71 also allows residents to grow up to six cannabis plants. While residents can transfer up to one ounce of marijuana to another person 21 years or older, the sale of cannabis is still illegal. But that measure could still be nixed because of congressional control over D.C.'s voter-approved measures.
While the votes are still being tallied for Alaska’s Ballot Measure 2, which would legalize recreational marijuana use, early results show that nearly 53% were in favor. Alaska’s Ballot Measure 2 would also allow any person 21 years or older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants.
On the downside, Florida voters said 'no' on Amendment 2, which would have legalized medical marijuana. While nearly 57% said yes, Amendment 2 would have altered the state’s constitution and therefore required at least 60% to pass.
Though only a handful of states proposed the legalization of marijuana, politicians in other states are already in talks of following suit in 2016, which could see even more gains for marijuana legalization.