2014 Election Roundup: Marijuana wins almost everywhere
Marijuana legislation received a majority vote in nearly every election it was featured in yesterday. Now we have two new fully legal states plus the nation’s capital, and medical marijuana in a U.S. territory.
Several other measures decided on decriminalization and how to regulate marijuana.
In Washington, D.C. residents voted 69 percent in support of legalization.
Oregon’s results for statewide legalization came out first, with 54 percent in support. Alaska soon followed, showing 52 percent in support of legalizing cannabis. This brings the number of fully legal states to four.
Medical marijuana passed in Guam with 56 percent of the vote.
A majority of supporters, 57 percent, voted in favor of medical marijuana for Florida, however since it was a constitutional amendment, 60 percent was required in order to pass.
An initiative to decrease the penalty for marijuana in California passed with 58 percent of the vote. Voters in Blythe rejected a tax, in Santa Ana they prohibited dispensary bans, and in Shasta County they repealed medical grow restrictions.
While marijuana was already legal in Colorado, votes took place on a variety of cannabis-related issues. The towns of Red Cliff and Manitou Springs rejected bans on marijuana shops; all other cities voting on bans accepted them, including the Denver suburb of Lakewood. The towns of Ramah and Hot Sulphur Springs rejected cannabis taxes; all other cities voting on taxes approved them. Also, the towns of Palisade and Paonia voted to both ban marijuana shops and tax them.
Several cities in Michigan voted on decriminalization measures. Up until last night, every city that had voted on such a measure had passed it. Clare, Frankfort, Harrison, Lapeer, and Onaway became the first to reject such an amendment, with Lapeer’s rejection decided by six votes. Those cities all had less than 2,000 total votes, while the six larger cities of Berkley, Huntington Woods, Mt. Pleasant, Pleasant Ridge, Port Huron, and Saginaw all came out in support.
The two largest counties in New Mexico voted overwhelmingly to decriminalize marijuana, with Bernalillo (Albuquerque) voting 59.5 percent and Sante Fe voting a whopping 73.1 percent in favor.
In Maine, South Portland joined neighboring Portland’s legalization vote from a year ago, approving legalization of 2.5 ounces by a 52.4 percent vote, but smaller Lewiston rejected legalization with only 45.1 percent support.
Eight districts in Massachusetts voted on non-binding Public Policy Questions that asked whether their state rep should vote to support tax and regulate policies for marijuana like alcohol. The results ranged from a low of 69 percent to a high of 74 percent. Six Massachusetts House districts went further by polling support for tax and regulate policies for marijuana like common fruits, vegetables, and herbs! Support ranged from a low of 54 percent to a high of 63 percent. That’s a perfect 14-0 in a midterm election where many of those voters were asked to treat marijuana like tomatoes.
Russ Belville of 420Radio reported on most initiatives.