The outcome of the US election remained uncertain as we published, but one thing was clear: legal cannabis use made further strides.
Five US states voted on marijuana reforms on Tuesday and endorsed them. The states are New Jersey, Arizona, Montana, South Dakota and Mississippi. There are now 36 states with medical marijuana laws and 15 that allow recreational marijuana use.
Mississippi, which is a deep shade of Republican red, was perhaps the biggest surprise as voters in the Deep South state endorsed a constitutional ballot initiative to establish a medical marijuana programme for patients with debilitating conditions. But Utah, which has a mostly Mormon population that is socially very conservative, also backed medical pot in 2018. The times, they are indeed a-changin’.
Voters in New Jersey, Arizona and Montana backed initiatives to legalise recreational adult use while South Dakota embraced recreational and medical marijuana.