Legal marijuana is coming to Oregon it has a 54% to 45% lead this evening. This is a major victory because a similar bill failed to pass in 2012. Oregon activists were told by national groups to wait and try again in 2016. But the feeling of legalization advocates in Oregon was that now was the time to ride the wave crest created by Colorado and Washington. It appears they were right.
The closely watched vote on Measure 91 represents a major victory for state and national marijuana legalization advocates. They viewed Oregon, already home to a robust medical marijuana program, as part of a key second wave of states to legalize cannabis for recreational use. http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/11/recreational_marijuana_passes.html
In Alaska Ballot Measure 2 appears to have passed as well. With 55% of the vote counted 52.45% said yes and 47.55% said no. Measure 2 has maintained at least a 5 point lead throughout the evening.
In Florida voters approved medical marijuana by 57% but unfortunately fell short of the 60% needed for the initiative to pass. Hopefully the overwhelming support will get the attention of politicians in the state. There have been bills to legalize medical marijuana introduced but they were never voted on. Perhaps the next step in this battle is for Floridians need to get tough with their lawmakers and tell them either they pass a medical marijuana bill or they will vote them out of office and elect someone who will.
Washington DC has also legalized recreational marijuana and the US territory of Guam has legalized medical marijuana.
It’s Been A Good Midterm Election For Marijuana Advocates
Marijuana legalization is clearly still on the upswing in the US and these victories will push other states to legalize marijuana. Even though Florida’s initiative failed to pass it shows there is widespread support for legalization. If this had been a presidential election year it likely would have passed. This will not be the last we hear of Florida. Maine is a prime candidate to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016 and California will certainly have an initiative in 2016. Other states to watch are Hawaii, Massachusetts, Arizona and Nevada.