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Marijuana Got More Votes Than These Politicians On Nov. 6

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Marijuana initiatives passed in three out of the four states where they were put before voters on Tuesday. A new Marijuana Moment analysis shows that in many cases these cannabis proposals did better than other ballot measures or candidates for major office who appeared on the same ballot.

Michigan

In Michigan, 55.9 percent of voters approved the state’s measure to legalize marijuana. That amounts to 2,339,672 votes.

Marijuana legalization got more votes than the winning candidate for governor, Democrat Gretchen Whitmer, who received 53.34 percent of the vote, or (2,256,700 votes). The measure also got more votes than incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who got 2,195,601 votes, or 52.2 percent. Obviously, legal marijuana also garnered more support than the Republican candidates who lost to Whitmer and Stabenow.

More people approved of cannabis than they did the winning attorney general candidate, Democrat Dana Nessel, who will need to carry out cannabis regulations — and potentially defend them from any federal interference. Losing Republican candidate Tom Leonard, who opposed the initiative but said he would uphold it if elected, got 435,000 fewer votes than legal cannabis did.

Voter turnout in the state was up significantly from 2014. In the last two midterm elections, about 3.2 million votes were cast; 4.3 million votes were reported in this year’s election. That’s about 55.4 percent of the voting age population, or 14 points higher than in 2014, and close to general election levels, which were 4.8 million votes in 2016.

The total yes and no votes on Proposal 1 were higher than the totals for either Proposal 2 (anti-gerrymandering) or Proposal 3 (electoral reforms) on the same ballot, though those proposals had more definitive “yes” votes, which implies that Michiganders overall had stronger opinions on marijuana than those other issues.

From Marijuana Moment.

Missouri

In Missouri, where there were three competing medical marijuana initiatives on the ballot, only one passed, coming out far ahead of the other two proposals, which were largely opposed by activists in the cannabis reform movement.

The winning measure, Amendment 2, was approved by 66 percent of voters, or 1,572,592 votes.

The initiative got 824,615 more votes than competing cannabis measure Amendment 3 and 541,221 more than Proposition C, another medical marijuana proposal.

Compared with other issues on the ballot, the successful marijuana question got 113,016 more votes than Amendment 1 (redistricting and campaign finance reform), 84,224 more than Proposition B (minimum wage hike) and 470,762 more than Proposition D (a gas tax hike).

Amendment 2 also got 326,860 more votes than Josh Hawley, the Republican winner of the U.S. Senate race who defeated Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill by winning 51.4 percent of the vote.

Missouri had 57.9 percent turnout, blowing the 2014 midterm turnout of 35 percent out of the water.

From Marijuana Moment

North Dakota

A total of 329,086 people turned out to vote in North Dakota. While the measure to fully legalize cannabis lost, it garnered 131,585 votes, or 40.5 percent of the vote, and did better than losing candidates in several races.

Marijuana got more votes than losing Democrats: congressional contender Mac Schneider , got 113,891 votes, or 35.6 percent, of the vote; Secretary of State candidate Josh Boschee got 119,983 votes, or 39.2 percent; or Attorney General candidate David Clark Thompson, who got 102,407 votes, or 32.2 percent.

In short, it seems that the state’s voters favor legal marijuana more than they favor Democrats.

There were four counties where the measure did get a majority of votes. In Sioux County, 71 percent of voters (994) selected yes. In Rolette, 2,891 voted yes (58 percent); and in Benson, 1,153 supported the measure (51.3 percent). In Cass County, where Fargo is located, the measure passed by 50.8 percent. And in Grand Forks County, the measure outdid the state-wide percentage rate, with 46.7 percent of voters (12,976) approving the initiative.

Utah

In Utah, where there are still a relatively substantial number of ballots yet to be counted, Proposition 2 to legalize and regulate medical marijuana has so far received 407,943 votes, or 53 percent. That is just barely more votes than Proposition 3 for Medicaid expansion, which received 407,596 votes. Proposition 4 regarding independent redistricting received 371,614 votes, or 36,329 fewer than Proposition 2.

It received substantially more support than losing Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jenny Wilson, who got 241,951 votes, but came roughly 70,000 votes shy of Republican winner Mitt Romney.

In a county-by-county breakdown, the number of people voting for Proposition 2 was greater than the number voting for the House of Representatives winner in several counties, though there is no data yet available showing how individual congressional districts voted on the medical cannabis measure.

Preliminary voter turnout in Utah was estimated about 54.7 percent at 5 PM on election day, far surpassing the last midterm turnout of 46.3 percent of registered voters.

From Marijuana Moment.

In all four states, more people voted for the marijuana initiatives than supported Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016, Weedmaps reported. And Michigan’s marijuana legalization ballot measure got more votes than President Trump did in the state that year.

This article has been republished from Marijuana Moment under a content syndication agreement. Read the original article here.

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  1. Utah, Idaho and Wyoming will fall in line, then the entire Western USA will stand together for Cannabis and Hemp as an Agriculture crop. All I want for Christmas is for Hemp and Cannabis to be legal in all forms for all reasons and then some.

    • …just a matter of time before it is federally legalized. We did it north of the 49th, and it will extend southward. It is a strong “movement”, where society as a whole, will learn to accept it and the stigma will be eradicated. I think these above-noted numbers are quite remarkable. I would be curious to see the results of a federal referendum. Hopefully the ‘new’ Attorney General’ will be more forward thinking, and remove it from schedule one.

      Schedule I

      Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse”. Some examples of Schedule I drugs are:

      heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), methaqualone, and peyote… (source DEA.gov)

      …really? No currently accepted medical use? I just can’t believe the ignorance. Clearly the new AG needs to do a little reading and educate oneself…come to Canada, I’ve got 4 plants in the backyard and they are ready for harvest shortly, (we can grow up to 4 plants per household)…getting excited! Peace out…

      • Do you forget? Jeff Sessions was Trump’s FIRST PICK!!
        ANY AG Trump picks WILL ALSO BE SHIT!!
        Who gives a fuck what Whitaker thinks? ANY AG Trump picks will be bad for the marijuana legalization movement, because TRUMP IS BAD FOR THE LEGALIZATION MOVEMENT!
        ..
        Are you fucking kidding me?
        Drug Reformers who are celebrating the departure of Jeff Sessions need to step outside their political silos, and SMELL THE FASCISM!!

  2. I live in Florida and I have a medical marijuana license. The stuff they are selling is expensivez Ingredients do not have to be disclosed.
    What chemicals are they using in processing cannabis plants into tinctures? Ehat oil is being used as a base? Ia allergic to olive oil and I think that is what they are using. I have had a skin rash/hives ever since I started to with this “medical marijuana”.
    Also, it cost $200 to get the license, each year.
    And the doctor cost about that.
    It is a scam. I want joints of organically-grown weed in a nice four-pack I can buy at the liquor store, or somewhere.
    This “prohibition” has got to end.

    • That’s Florida for you – they couldn’t properly regulate opioid doctors and pain clinics either. In Nevada, the state mandates that every cannabis product is tested for molds and pesticides before hitting a dispensary shelf.

      Turning weed into concentrates usually involves alcohol, butane, or CO2….try using some RSO oil or something that is extracted using CO2, which leaves the least amount of heavy metals in the final product.

  3. This article and vote count are indicators of marijuana common sense and as you can see, it’s the voters who made it happen. It’s how we get what we know is right and fair, we vote. And as Florida is showing, our precious vote can be subverted by evil people by evil means. Marijuana is a gift from GOD. Those of us that realize that will not let ignorance of common sense marijuana use continue to be a criminal offense.

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