More voters flocked to the poles for cannabis proposals than other ballot measures or candidates
Studies across the US are showing a surprising number of voters turning up to the recent marijuana initiatives that took place in 4 states during the recent midterm elections. Poles were higher then running votes for other ballot measures or candidates for major office who appeared on the same ballot. It seems the conversation is shifting even more than we expected as people race to the for front to have their voices heard on the matter.
Lets take a brief look at the 4 states as more fodder goes into the fire of federal legalization.
In Missouri the second edition of the amendment was far ahead from any past or competing medical marijuana initiatives on the ballet, with 66 percent of voters, or 1,572,592 votes. This initiative left smoke trails in its wake, as there were thousands – in some cases hundreds of thousands – of votes more than campaign finance reforms, minimum wage hikes, and a gas tax hike. Yes, the people of Missouri considered marijuana reform over their gas prices! – Madness. The marijuana amendment also achieved 300,000+ more votes than the actually Republican winner of the US senate, Josh Hawley.
Michigan followed suit as over 55% of voters from this state approved the measure to legalize marijuana. There were about 2.3 million voters, 100,000 more votes than the winning candidate for governor, Gretchen Whitmer received. We weren’t joking when we said marijuana had the spotlight these midterm elections, and these politicians are looking ready to throw it off stage.
In North Dakota marijuana legalization measures failed as the voters actually lost, with 40% of the vote. The issue still stockpiled a whopping 330,000 person turn out, and facts surfaced that showed the number of votes were thousands ahead of all the other congressional contenders!
Finally Utah, which brought forward and passed the act to legalize and regulate any form of medical marijuana, had a 57% turnout to the elections, far surpassing the previous midterm elections that only brought in 46%. That’s 11% more people coming out for cannabis reform?
Aside from the big legalization measures, voters across the US considered hemp, cannabis banking and using marijuana money to fund schools. Up to 90% of voters in Chicago prefer that the tax money from cannabis be re distributed throughout the social system in forms of public schools and mental health services. Nothing official was decided but it shows the very nature of peoples mindsets. In Colorado, a judgment to change the definition of industrial hemp under the state constitution passed with majority of votes as well.
As some states lag behind in the race to legalized marijuana, it is evident across the country that the landscape can never go back to the place it has birthed, and that people want this issue heard, state to state. The marijuana culture and overall movement is larger than ever, and so now we wait patiently for more signs of federal legalization ahead.
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