Last night was a roller coaster, no matter how you look at it. Buried under all of the Presidential highlights, there were some huge wins for marijuana legalization. For those who haven’t gotten that far in their election results yet, here’s a quick look at what went down.
Approved in: Florida, Arkansas, North Dakota, Montana became less restrictive
Failed in: No where. Ponder that for a moment.
Approved in: California, Massachusetts, Nevada, Maine (highly likely)
Failed in: Arizona
Denver – Initiative 300 – TOO CLOSE TO CALL – currently 51% yes
Initiative 300 would create a four-year pilot program in Denver allowing regular businesses, such as bars, cafes or art galleries, to seek permits for bring-your-own-cannabis, 21-and-over consumption areas that are indoors (for vaping and edibles) or outdoors a certain distance from public spaces such as sidewalks (for smoking).
Pueblo Country – Question 200 and 300 – BOTH FAILED
Question 200 is a measure that would repeal legal marijuana ordinances for the sale, cultivation and processing of recreational cannabis. A similar measure, Question 300, was put before residents in the city of Pueblo, which is a home-rule municipality.
The election of Donald Trump leaves federal policy on cannabis in a weird spot. Trump has never been steady on his stance (at one point saying Colorado legalization has some serious problems and at one point saying it was a great thing). Most likely it will depend on the Cabinet he selects. The next Attorney General will potentially have a significant impact on what has been a fairly hands off approach to state legalization.
The Republican Party Platform only mentions marijuana a single time, and merely in context that legalization is growing. The platform contains no policy language about it. We can hope that the party of states’ rights’ remains so.
The Big Picture
29 states have legalized medical
8 states and The District of Columbia have legalized recreational
The map above gives you a good perspective on just how much of the country now has access to SOME form of cannabis – the light gray states allow for just CBD oil. Only 7 states (dark gray) have outlawed it completely – please note that North Dakota should be light green on the map.
Slowly, but surely, the people have spoken. The want their weed. They want the taxes, the jobs, the industry. It’s time for the federal government to listen.