What’s in a tweet?
Twitter is a sociopolitical arena where activists, politicians, journalists, entertainers, and the masses do battle 280 characters at a time. The election was no exception.
While the election didn’t exactly provide the blue wave liberals had hoped for — though Democrats won back the House of Representatives and female candidates delivered a “Pink Wave” — supporters of marijuana legalization and cannabis policy were celebrating hard-won victories and tweeting triumphant sentiments.
Although the issue of marijuana legalization may have taken a back seat to other social issues — blatant xenophobia, healthcare reform, and immigration, to name a few — in the hearts of more left leaning voters, the politically charged “smoke the vote” tweets were omnipresent leading up to Tuesday’s vote.
Smoke the Vote: Guide to legalize marijuana in the US! https://t.co/Tz1R9UyF3v
— melissa (@msweeney14710) November 7, 2018
Marijuana reformers logged another major win when former Attorney General and marijuana bogeyman Jeff Sessions was fired by President Donald Trump.
But now that Jeff Sessions is gone who is going to protect people from dying of weed
— Kat Timpf (@KatTimpf) November 7, 2018
Also, fellow anti-pot crusader and Republican Rep. Pete Sessions lost to Democrat Colin Allred in Texas.
This victory would not have been made possible without you. This people-powered campaign has made history tonight and North Texans made their voice heard. Now the real work begins. Thank you North Texas! #TX32
— Colin Allred (@ColinAllredTX) November 7, 2018
Goodbye to DC’s two anti-marijuana Sessions dudes.
— Tom Angell 🌳📰 (@tomangell) November 7, 2018
With that said, here are some of my favorite post-election tweets for the week ending November 10, 2018.
The Politically Correct Weed Tweets of the Week
We did it. Michigan is the 10th state to legalize marijuana for adults 21 and older! 🎉
— RegulateMI (@RegulateMI) November 7, 2018
Once voters passed Proposal 1, Michigan’s Coalition and Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol announced Michigan will be the 10th state to legalize recreational marijuana, making them the first state in America’s Heartland to reform their marijuana laws.
Congratulations, Missouri. There were three different medical marijuana measures on the ballot & voters chose the best one. #mmot #legalize #cannabis #vote #MidtermsElections2018 https://t.co/ahSxaBjdUe
— Jesse Ventura (@GovJVentura) November 7, 2018
The former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura congratulated Missouri’s voters on selecting the best of three medical marijuana initiatives Nov. 6.
— Utah Patients (@utahpatients) November 7, 2018
Salt Lake City NBC affiliate KSL-TV was seemingly delusional when they posted an incorrect graphic showing Proposition 2 losing when it was actually winning.
In Utah, voters said yes to Proposition 2, which means individuals with qualifying illnesses will get access to medical marijuana. https://t.co/P6cK8UOjfO
— Local News 8 (@localnews8) November 7, 2018
I’m sure those opposed to Utah’s ballot initiative were initially pleased with the incorrect graphic — but that excitement probably faded when it was announced that Proposition 2 had won.
— Tom Angell 🌳📰 (@tomangell) November 7, 2018
“Marijuana won the midterm elections,” proclaimed Marijuana Moment’s Tom Angell. And rightfully so. With 13 states electing reform-minded governors — plus the victories in Michigan, Missouri, and Utah — it appears as though legalization is gaining traction.
A draw? If 4 states vote to legalize cannabis, and 3 states approve , what percentage of those states legalized cannabis?
— Charlie (@SaferHealthierM) November 8, 2018
Kevin Sabet, the president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), apparently attempted to distort the results and was immediately taken to task.
Losing two Sessions, Jeff and Pete, in 24 hours is a major step forward for marijuana reform. https://t.co/ykR8eT8Rid
— Earl Blumenauer (@repblumenauer) November 7, 2018
Oregon Democratic U.S. Rep. and cannabis policy supporter Earl Blumenauer revels in the loss of Jeff and Pete Sessions.
— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) November 7, 2018
In another win-win for marijuana investors, cannabis stocks witnessed a substantial uptick in value after it was announced that Jeff Sessions was forced to resign.
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President Trump forces Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign. NORML responds: "Attorney General Jefferson Sessions was a national disgrace. NORML hopes he finds the time during his retirement to seek treatment for his affliction of 1950's reefer madness." – Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director #YoureFired
Hasta la vista, Sessions.