Voters in red states appear to be moving towards Cannabis legalization. Just last month, deep red Oklahoma voted in favor of medical marijuana in a 57% landslide.
This is not an isolated incident. Last week we got more signs that red states are beginning to favor legalization. In Maine, this week state legislators overturned Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a medical marijuana bill. The Maine Legislature eliminated qualifying conditions on prescriptions, thus empowering physicians to use their best judgement in deciding whether to prescribe Cannabis for their patients. The Maine legislation also increased the allowed possession limit for patients from 2.5 ounces of cannabis to 8 pound.
Similarly, in North Dakota, leaders of the North Dakota Marijuana Legalization Initiative delivered almost 20,000 signatures to the governor’s office. If state officials verify at least 13,482 of those autographs, then voters will have the option to decide in November whether to legalize cannabis for adults 21 and older.
Furthermore, Utah’s campaign to legalize medical marijuana is making progress and voters will have their voices heard in November. And in Missouri, there are at least three (and maybe four) active medical marijuana initiatives aiming to make November’s ballot.
These trends mirror the national discussion regarding Cannabis. According to an April Quinnipiac University poll, 93 percent back medical marijuana and 63 percent of Americans support full legalization. There are currently 31 states that have legalized marijuana in some form. While support for legalization appears to be growing, there are still many groups that remain opposed to any form of legalization. However, they may be going against the tide of public opinion. If momentum holds in the November elections, close to 40 states may have legalized in one form or another.