The 2016 Election Cycle saw some good and some bad in the Legalization area. While most states did end up legalizing against good authority, not all votes were bad. The votes on the City and County level showed that one state may not be as accepting to legalization as some may think.
6 states legalized some form of Marijuana use yesterday, whether it be recreational or medical. Those fighting the initiatives in all of these states fought the good fight, but the propaganda won out. We can only do so much to educate voters on the dangers of legalization and then we have to leave it in their hands to make the right choice. Unfortunately voters in 6 states voted wrong. One of those states -- California -- may prove to be the turning point of this legalization push. The legalizers think that this is a good thing, but those of us paying attention know that it is not. All of the problems we've been seeing in states like Colorado, Oregon and Washington will be exponentially worse in California. Legalizers take California as a good win, but with the population of California being seven times that of Colorado we expect the problems like DUII and Traffic fatalities to be 7 times worse also.
Arizona so far is the lone state to fend of the lies of the legalization movement and defeated them there with a 52% No vote. Good Job Arizona!!!
Maine is the other state that has not yet legalized. As of about 3:30 pm today the AP said that they will not call that race today since it is so close and there are still plenty of precincts that have not fully reported yet. Organizers of the NO on 1 campaign said that they are staying optimistic that they will make up the 0.4% difference before all is said and done. With the vote being so close it is presumed that whoever loses the vote will demand a recount from the Secretary of States office. About 4,000 votes is the gap right now. I've been told by the No on 1 campaign that the remaining districts have enough votes to make up the difference and they like their chances in those regions.
So we lost 6 states to the lies, but those weren't the only marijuana initiatives being voted on yesterday. Pueblo took a hard loss on 200/300 which would have banned commercialization and cultivation. That will be a tough loss to rebound from, but I know that the good citizens of Pueblo will not just lay down and quit. Opponents of 200/300 played the "So many will lose their jobs" ploy to get the sympathy votes. Yes 1300 people are employed in the marijuana industry in Pueblo county, but there are plenty of other jobs available. A quick search on Monster or Indeed and I found thousands of job available in Pueblo. The only difference is that these jobs would require then to pass a drug test. Colorado is having a viable job candidate shortage these days because employers can't find anybody who can pass a drug test. They're having to reach outside of Colorado to find prospective employees.
Oregon was another area that was looking at marijuana votes yesterday. There were 60 county and city votes to either ban or allow marijuana commercialization and cultivation. Of those 60, 35 cities and 3 counties voted to ban marijuana commercialization/cultivation in full or in part. A good number of them were sales only. Randy Philbrick with Portland for Positive Impact said "The thing with these votes is that they happened in counties that passed Measure 91 or narrowly defeated it. If a county didn't defeat Measure 91 by a 55% majority vote any moratorium would have to go back before the voters.". What does that say for support of legalization in that state now? To me it looks as though support for legalization is shifting back to the No side. One of those cities that voted to ban commercialization/cultivation was Fairview Oregon which is a suburb of Portland. Fairview is in Multnomah County which passed Measure 91 by 71%. The Portland Metro Area according to Measure 91 is very marijuana friendly, yet they had 4 cities vote to ban commercialization and/or cultivation.
You can't blame Oregonians for not wanting legalization after what has happened there and in other states after legalization. Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Washington DC make up 4 of the top 6 in past month marijuana use among 12-17 year olds according to the last SAMHSA survey. Marijuana related DUI's have spiked in all 3 states and Traffic fatalities have gone up in Colorado and Washington. It's really too early to tell if legalization has had an impact on traffic fatalities in Oregon yet.
With the shift in support in Oregon it looks to give opponents plenty to work with if they were able to get legalization back on the ballot. Legalizers are under the false impression that once it is legal it stays legal, but they fail to realize that a law can be repealed just as easily as it was enacted.
Now all eyes are shifting to California, both opponents and proponents. Both looking to see if this expansion of the marijuana experiment works or fails. Looking at the states that preceded them, I'm willing to bet it fails huge.
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