05 Nov Marijuana Election Results Are In
The polls have closed, the results are in and your voices have been heard. Marijuana makes history yet again. Oregon, Alaska, and the District of Columbia will join Colorado and Washington as the next states in the country to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
Here’s a summary of the marijuana election results:
Alaska passed Measure 2 with 52% of voter support. Measure 2 “make[s] the use and purchase of marijuana legal for those 21 and older, create[s] a marijuana control board and tax[es] the drug at $50 per ounce wholesale,” (New York Times Editorial Board, 2014).
Oregon passed Measure 91 with 54% saying yes. Measure 91 “give[s] the Oregon Liquor Control Commission the power to regulate marijuana as it does alcohol, and [will] review tax rates regularly.” This tax ($35 per ounce for flowers and $10 per ounce for leaves) will be set at prices low enough to enable competition against street dealers.
D.C. passed Initiative 71 with a whopping 69% of the vote. This initiative is quite different than Measure 2 and 91. It “repeal[s] all criminal and civil penalties for personal possession of marijuana and allow[s] limited, private cultivation of the drug,” but will not “allow a tax to be imposed by referendum.” This means marijuana possession will be permitted, but there won’t be any marijuana retailers.
And despite majority support, Florida’s medical marijuana measure didn’t make the cut. With 57% of the vote, Amendment 2 fell short by 3% and did not pass. If it had, Amendment 2 would have decriminalized marijuana for persons diagnosed with a “debilitating medical condition.”
Outside of the US, Guam legalized medical marijuana with a little more than 56% of voters supporting the measure. Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, reflected on the outcome; “Guam is quite conservative politically, and home to a significant U.S. military presence, so this resounding victory is a confirmation of medical marijuana’s broad support across the political spectrum.”