Marijuana Vote : Residents Legalize Small Amounts of Pot

Updated: November 5, 2014
Marijuana Vote : Residents Legalize Small Amounts of Pot

Florida voters narrowly rejected a plan to legalize medical marijuana, but voters in Washington, D.C. and Oregon both approved recreational pot use by adults, according to preliminary tallies.

With 65.5 percent of precincts reporting, Alaska legalization Measure 2 leads 52.3 percent to 47.7 percent. Barring a midnight barrage of no votes, Measure 2 is statistically likely to pass.

Measure 2 legalizes one ounce and six plants for adults 21 and over.

The red-state win represents a hat trick for marijuana law reformers, coming with victories in Oregon and Washington DC tonight.

It was an extraordinary day for the marijuana and criminal justice reform movements.

“Oregon proved that Colorado and Washington were no flukes,” stated Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, in a release. “Washington, D.C. voters sent a powerful message to Congress that federal marijuana prohibition has no place in the nation’s capital. Voters in Florida and Guam demonstrated that medical marijuana could win big even in fairly conservative jurisdictions. And California and New Jersey revealed an electorate eager to reduce prison populations and the power of the prison industrial complex.”

“These victories are even more notable for having happened in a year when Democrats were trounced at the polls,” added Nadelmann. “Reform of marijuana and criminal justice policies is no longer just a liberal cause but a conservative and bipartisan one as well. On these issues at least, the nation is at last coming to its senses.”