Citizens of America are less than one month away from the November 6th midterms and should start getting familiar with what will be on the ballots. There will be new senators, representatives, mayors, and policies after the election but this blog is only concerned about one voting issue: Mary Jane, Reefer, Pot (you get it).
States such as Utah, Missouri, Oklahoma (medically), North Dakota, and Michigan all have marijuana legalization as a voting option on their ballots. Voters in the states will have to decide whether or not to progress with the times or remain in the delusion that marijuana should be illegal. Missouri and Oklahoma will have voting be on medical marijuana but it is a step in the right direction for the legal marijuana movement. Even though it will not be fully legalized, doing it so medically will still legitimize it and destigmatize it for people who feel uneasy about the plant.
To make it easier for some to see I designed a map to show the states who are voting on medical and recreational marijuana legalization in November.
Voting as we know is one of, if not the most important and impactful tool we have as citizens of the united States. Colorado, Washington, California, Alaska and countless other states are still greatly reaping the benefits of legalizing marijuana. Legalizing marijuana is not only socially right but creates a gigantic boom to local and state economies.
Legalization will also help turn over the incarceration rate in these states because it is wildly known that marijuana offenders make up a ridiculous percentage of prisoners. This would also bring down crime as police departments would be able to focus on more prevalent and important issues than busting marijuana possession. Combating marijuana costs an incredible sum of money so legalization would continue to benefit communities because law enforcement will be able to use money, resources and personnel to again fight more important issues.
Legalizing marijuana is an incredible socially smart initiative and has worked out well for all the states that have done so in some way. Now it is up to us, the voters, to continue the green revolution this November and add five more states to the cause and help make marijuana legal across the country.