In the recent November election, nine states has legislation for marijuana reform on the ballot. Five of these states eventually gave their electoral votes to President-elect Trump, who tomorrow will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States.
What is very surprising is that out of these five states, four handily passed their marijuana reform propositions as well, with an astonishingly similar voter rate to the number of votes cast for Trump. Only Arizona was unable to push through their cannabis legalization proposition. Maine split its electoral votes and narrowly passed ints cannabis initiative, further highlighting the close contention between two major social issues.
The difference in the number of votes garnered by Trump and cannabis was less than 20,000 in Arizona, Montana, and North Dakota. Arkansas saw a difference of 99,000 votes, while Florida overwhelmingly preferred cannabis with nearly 2 million more votes for medical marijuana than for Mr. Trump.
The future of cannabis in the United States is very unclear, especially with Trump’s pick for Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, and his past disdain for those who use cannabis. One thing is clear from the vote count, and that is the fact that Americans everywhere are starting to see cannabis as a blessing rather than the “Devil’s Weed.”
While we do not have access to data that could show the percentage of people who voted for both cannabis and Trump, any of Trump’s advisors can clearly see that fighting against cannabis legalization could quickly turn voters in red states against the new Republican leader. North Dakota, Arizona. Montana, and Arkansas have a combined population of 11.9 million and 23 electoral votes. Florida has 20.6 million people and 29 electoral votes available.
While President Obama did not proactively fix America’s cannabis problem, his Attorney Generals released multiple memos regarding the actions that would no longer be taken by federal agents against cannabis operators working in compliance with their state’s laws.
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