“Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, Mississippi, and South Dakota all voted for legal weed, while Oregon voted to decriminalize drugs like cocaine and meth. It’s a big blow to the War on Drugs, which has disproportionately harmed people of color.
Despite the uncertainty over the outcome of the U.S. presidential race Wednesday morning, Mississippi cannabis advocate Natalie Jones Bonner was feeling “absolute joy.”
Jones Bonner, 59, was celebrating the passing of Initiative 65, a ballot measure that will establish a medical cannabis program in the state.
Mississippi is one of a handful of states to pass drug reform measures last night.
In a groundbreaking decision, Oregon voted to support Measure 110, which will decriminalize all drugs, including cocaine and heroin. Oregon also voted to legalize access to psychedelic mushrooms for medicinal purposes.
Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota all voted to legalize cannabis for recreational purposes. South Dakota additionally voted yes to establishing a medical cannabis regime.
Voters in the District of Columbia passed a measure to decriminalize shrooms.
The outcomes are a boon for drug reform advocates and the cannabis industry, making the possibility of federal weed decriminalization more feasible. Currently, 33 states allow medical cannabis and 11 have recreational regimes. …”
Read the full article by Manisha Krishnan at Vice.
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