“Mom is in full celebration mode! A huge victory for us all,” Saltzman told the WeedBlog.
Utah passed Proposition 2 and legalized medical marijuana with a vote of 53.4% to 46.7%. Bravo!
“We’ve always felt that there was a dynamic in this race that hasn’t been polled, which is the motivation factor and enthusiasm gap that we feel favors Proposition 2,” said DJ Schanz, director of the Utah Patients Coalition, at the coalition’s celebration.
Sadly North Dakota’s bid to legalize recreational cannabis lost but they will try again.
The most significant result affecting national cannabis legislation was the defeat of Texas Republican Pete Sessions, who as chairman of the House Rules Committee consistently blocked cannabis-related amendments in Congress from ever making it to a vote.
Many cannabis legalization and cannabis friendly governors, congress people and marijuana initiatives enjoyed wide victories.
Here’s a rundown:
California: Democrat Gavin Newsom, strong cannabis supporter, is the Golden State’s next governor.
Colorado: Jared Polis (D), one of the US House’s most outspoken supporters of cannabis, was elected governor. Also in Colorado, Amendment X, which allows Colorado to decide its own definition of hemp, passed.
Florida: Our choice for governor lost, but voters restored voting rights to to people with felony convictions, who have served their terms (excluding those convicted of murder and felony sex crimes).
Pennsylvania: Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf was re-elected. He has his supported amending the state’s laws so minor possession offenses are no longer classified as criminal misdemeanors.
Wisconsin: A number of counties and cities approved nonbinding cannabis advisory questions.