In the midterm elections, voters mostly said Yes to drugs

In the midterm elections, voters mostly said Yes to drugs

VicesNovember 06, 2018 By Reilly Capps

In the midterms, voters said yes to drugs.

* Michigan voted to legalize adult-use marijuana.

* Missouri and Utah voted to legalize medical marijuana.

That's 19 million people who will have greater access to cannabis, and now 32 states have some legal weed.

"This has been another milestone election for marijuana policy reform," said the Marijuana Policy Project's Mason Tvert, one of the key activists who legalized marijuana in Colorado in 2012.

But voters did not say 'yes please' to drugs.

* Ohio decided not to reduce most drug possession charges to misdemeanors.

* North Dakota rejected adult-use marijuana.

"There is some degree of envy," said North Dakotan Kal Datz, co-host of a radio show about drug policy in Grand Forks. North Dakota  "I'd like (adult-use cannabis) for our state as well. The consumption of any drug is a human right." 

The lesson from the night, Tvert pointed out, is that marijuana legalization is advancing the way it always has, in jumps and stumbles, fits and starts. When his group first put forward marijuana legalization in Colorado in 2006, he recalled, it only got 40 percent of the vote — the same percentage the North Dakota effort got. "And it wasn't much longer before we crossed the goal line," Tvert said.

In other drug-related news:

* Florida voted to give the right to vote back to felons — many of whom lost their right to vote due to drug convictions.

* Dayton, Ohio voted to decriminalize marijuana.