You don’t have to be a CNN correspondent to recognize that the 2016 election is one of the most important (and craziest) in recent years. There’s a lot at stake, including the sanctity of our republic.
But this election will also set the tone for medical cannabis and pot legalization. As this Associated Press story suggests, this will be “a national referendum” on marijuana. Nine states will vote on expanding access to legalizing marijuana.
Five states — Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada — will consider legalizing the recreational use of pot. Three others — Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota — will decide whether to permit marijuana for medical purposes. Montana will weigh whether to ease restrictions on an existing medical marijuana law.
According to national polls, a solid majority of Americans support legalization. Gallup’s latest survey gauged support at 58 percent, up from 12 percent from when the question was first posed in 1969. Gallup says 13 percent of U.S. adults report using marijuana at present, nearly double the percentage who reported using pot in 2013.
So get out there and vote, folks.