Voters in 5 states forged ballots on measures to legalize leisure marijuana in Tuesday’s midterm elections. Residents of Maryland and Missouri voted in favor of their measures, whereas voters in Arkansas, North Dakota, and South Dakota rejected them.
Going into Tuesday, recreational marijuana was already authorized in 19 states and Washington, D.C. Eleven of these states, in addition to the District, voted to legalize marijuana via poll initiatives. Seven states passed laws to legalize hashish. In New Jersey, the state legislature put the measure on the poll for voters to determine.
Arkansas voters rejected the state’s Issue 4 initiative, which might have legalized the possession of as much as an oz. of marijuana for these age 21 or older. Marijuana gross sales would have been topic to a ten% tax.
Responsible Growth Arkansas, which sponsored the initiative, had mentioned:
Everyone knows that funding and supporting the police is essential. Our courageous women and men in regulation enforcement deserve our help. You possibly can vote to help our regulation enforcement by voting for Subject 4 this election. Subject 4 will safely legalize the sale of hashish to adults 21 and older, and creates income that goes to extra funding for native police departments, extra funding for safeguarding our communities, extra funding for safer streets. A vote for Subject 4 is a vote to help our police.
Arkansas voters weren’t satisfied, nevertheless. With 92% of the vote counted, 56.3% of Arkansans rejected the measure, whereas 43.7% voted in favor.
The Maryland Common Meeting voted to place the problem on this yr’s poll for voters to determine. The measure will add a Marijuana Legalization Modification to the state structure. About 65.5% of Maryland voters authorized the modification.
The measure legalizes marijuana for adults age 21 or older, and is ready to take impact next July.
Missouri residents authorized the Amendment 3 ballot initiative to legalize marijuana for ages 21 and older and place a 6% state tax on the sale of pot, with the cash raised going to packages for navy veterans, in accordance with The St. Louis Put up-Dispatch.
The state constitutional modification will increase the state’s present regulation beneath Modification 2, which legalized marijuana for medicinal use in a 2018 referendum. The brand new modification would permit these convicted of nonviolent marijuana-related offenses to petition for his or her launch from jail, or parole and probation, and to have their data expunged.
With 89% of the vote counted, 53.1% voted in favor of the modification, whereas 46.9% of Missouri voters rejected it.
North Dakota voters rejected the poll initiative statutory Measure 2, which might have legalized private leisure hashish use for adults 21 or older. The measure would have allowed eligible adults to own as much as one ounce of marijuana and develop as much as three vegetation.
With 100% of the vote counted, just below 55% of North Dakotans had rejected the measure, in accordance with state election officials and the Secretary of State’s Office.
Residents of South Dakota rejected initiated Measure 27, which might have legalized the “possession, use, and distribution of marijuana” of 1 ounce or much less, in addition to marijuana paraphernalia. The measure would have utilized to people ages 21 and older, and marijuana vegetation may solely have been grown in counties or cities the place no licensed hashish shops had been obtainable. People who violated these restrictions would have been topic to civil penalties, whereas these beneath 21 may have attended drug training lessons or counseling as a substitute.
With 99% of precincts counted, 53% of South Dakotans rejected the measure, in accordance with the Sioux Falls Argus Leader newspaper.
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