Florida legalizes medical marijuana in landslide vote
Florida has overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative legalizing medical marijuana, with results from other states voting on the legal status of the drug still to come. On Tuesday, four states voted on medical marijuana, and a further five decided on whether to allow recreational use.
Needing at least 60 percent approval to pass, Amendment 2 received 71 percent of the votes from Floridians.
California, Massachusetts, Maine, Arizona and Nevada, all of which are among the 25 US states that already allow the use of medicinal marijuana, voted on recreational use, which has already been approved by voters in four states, and the District of Columbia.
The various propositions, separately drafted in each voting region, would allow the use of cannabis by adults aged 21 and older. All five would also legalize possession of small quantities for personal use, and sanction residents to grow a personal supply at home.
Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota, where cannabis remains illegal, are voting on the first step towards legalization, which would allow its medical use for serious conditions such as AIDS, cancer, multiple sclerosis and ALS. Montana previously ratified the use of medical marijuana, but is now voting to liberalize the oversight of doctors prescribing the drug.
Overall, according to an October poll conducted by Gallup, an all-time high 60 percent of Americans support legalizing marijuana, which remains illegal on a federal level.
The nine proposals are among 154 that were voted on alongside Tuesday’s presidential election, and were put on the ballot either through signature-collection campaigns, or as a result of initiatives from state-level legislators.
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