Voters in California, Massachusetts, and Nevada all voted to fully legalize marijuana for recreation purposes in Tuesday’s US general election. They join Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington State, and the District of Columbia, where recreational marijuana use is already permitted. Marijuana legalization is also leading a ballot measure vote in Maine, but the results are still too close to call. The only state to vote against legalizing recreational marijuana was Arizona. A number of other states, including Arkansas, Florida, and North Dakota also voted in favour of legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, while Montana voted to ease that state’s rules on medical marijuana use. No state voted against legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes.
The state of marijuana legalization across the United States
One question that remains unanswered, however, is how marijuana legalization will fare under President-Elect Trump. While Trump has said that marijuana legalization should be left to the states, many potential figures likely to serve in key justice positions in his administration have stated their belief that the federal government (which technically still views marijuana as illegal) should take a more active stance in clamping down on states that legalize marijuana. That being said, as is the case in Canada, marijuana legalization is now widely popular across the United States, as seen below in polling from Gallup dating to the late 1960s.
Percentage of Americans’ Who Support Marijuana Legalization
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