While the presidential election results are currently hanging in the air, clear victories emerged for both the cannabis industry and for drug reform.
Nationwide measures to legalize cannabis and decriminalize other drugs made significant steps forward, as five more states legalized marijuana in some form and Oregon passed a drug initiative regarding harder drugs.
Voters in Oregon and Washington D.C. also approved the therapeutic use of psychedelic mushrooms.
This nationwide push and the ballot initiative results demonstrate that drug policy reform is supported by a majority of Americans and is not exclusively a “blue state” issue, extending across geographic and demographic lines.
“The public has spoken loudly and clearly. They favor ending the failed policies of marijuana prohibition and replacing it with a policy of legalization, regulation, taxation, and public education. Elected officials — at both the state and federal level — ought to be listening.”