Election Anxiety Begone: Legal Marijuana Now A Reality in 20% of US

Posted by on November 10, 2016 in Government, Policies with 0 Comments


By Whitney Webb | True Activist

This election cycle has been unique in many ways, in part because the two most unpopular candidates in American history battled for the privilege of being “figurehead-in-chief” of the US establishment. This electoral contest brought untold anxiety upon many Americans while also dividing friends and family. Despite the divisiveness that is sure to cause tempers to continue to flare over the next few weeks, some states have reason to celebrate. Marijuana initiatives were on the ballot in nine states. Voters in Florida, Montana, North Dakota, and Arkansas voted on medical marijuana while California, Nevada, Arizona, Massachusetts, and Maine voted on the recreational use of marijuana for people over the age of 21.

Related Article: 5 States Vote on Legalizing Marijuana: 3 Pass, One Rejects, One Too Close to Call

Almost all of these initiatives passed except for Arizona, where pharmaceutical companies donated insane amounts of money to keep marijuana use illegal in the state. Pharmaceutical companies and their political allies have led the charge to prevent the legalization of marijuana for recreational and medical use. This is largely because marijuana naturally treats a slew of serious conditions and illnesses, impacting these corporations’ abilities to garner profits on their patented and often very costly synthetic alternatives.

The situation in Maine, however, has still not been put to rest. It appears that recreational marijuana appears to have passed by a slim margin of 50.2% to 49.8% with 95% of precincts reporting. However, the race still has not been called, largely because of the efforts of Maine’s Governor Paul LePage, who has worked tirelessly to keep marijuana’s recreational use illegal, saying that it could be “deadly” for the state. The opposition to marijuana legalization in Maine was also led by law enforcement groups, as well as the state’s attorney general. It’s no secret that police departments benefit monetarily from marijuana’s illegal status as the practice of civil asset forfeiture allows police to take people’s property and money if they are caught with marijuana. Marijuana arrests also help private prison companies by keeping private prisons at or over capacity.

That’s why the passage of almost all these marijuana initiatives is the “silver lining” of last night’s election. Prior to last night, only five percent of US citizens had access to legal marijuana. That number has now jumped to over 20%, showing that the US is finally reaching the tipping point in putting an end to wasteful and unjust “War on Drugs,” which has wasted over a trillion dollar and led to the incarceration of tens of millions – all over the possession of a plant. Even though neither major party candidate running in yesterday’s election supports the legalization of marijuana, the people have spoken – showing that good things happen when Americans think and vote beyond the left/right paradigm.

Related Article: Recreational Weed Will Pass in Every State Where It’s on the Ballot — According to the Polls

What are your thoughts? Please comment below and share this news!

This article (Election Anxiety Begone: Legal Marijuana Now A Reality in 20% of US) is free and open source. You have permission to republish this article under a Creative Commons license with attribution to the author and TrueActivist.com

Read more great articles at True Activist.

Tags: , , , ,


If you enjoyed this article, subscribe now to receive more just like it.

Subscribe via RSS Feed Connect on YouTube

New Title

NOTE: Email is optional. Do NOT enter it if you do NOT want it displayed.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

FAIR USE NOTICE. Many of the articles on this site contain copyrighted material whose use has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making this material available in an effort to advance the understanding of environmental issues, human rights, economic and political democracy, and issues of social justice. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of the copyrighted material as provided for in Section 107 of the US Copyright Law which contains a list of the various purposes for which the reproduction of a particular work may be considered fair, such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. If you wish to use such copyrighted material for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use'...you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. And, if you are a copyright owner who wishes to have your content removed, let us know via the "Contact Us" link at the top of the site, and we will promptly remove it.

The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. Conscious Life News assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms.

Paid advertising on Conscious Life News may not represent the views and opinions of this website and its contributors. No endorsement of products and services advertised is either expressed or implied.

Send this to a friend