Marijuana Measure Passes in DC, Alaska and Oregon, Failed in Florida

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( — November 5, 2014)  — Medicinal marijuana was already legal in Washington DC and now Voters approved a measure called the District Initiative 71, which legalizes the recreational use of marijuana.   

By District Initiative 71, residents are allowed to grow up to six marijuana plants in their homes and possess less than 2 ounces of the drug for personal use.

The vote for the DI71 measure in DC registered at 65 percent in favor (20,727 votes) to 29.5 percent against, according to NPR.

Surprisingly, the smaller and more conservative state Oregon becomes the third state that ended marijuana prohibition as voters passed Measure 91, which legalizes the possession, use and sale of recreational marijuana for adults 21 and over.

“People are no longer being fooled by the anti-marijuana propaganda that they’ve been hearing their entire lives,” said Mason Tvert, communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project.

He said that voters in Oregon stood up and said, ‘Enough is enough.’ “Marijuana prohibition has been a massive failure and voters are ready to move on,” he added.

Two new government forecasts project that marijuana sales could generate more than $800 million in revenue for those two states before 2020, however, in Florida using marijuana remained illegal even though the majority support legalization. The results, shows that 30% voted against, but 58% of Floridians voted in favor of the legalization of the marijuana, however, more than 60% is needed for the amendment to pass. 9% never thought of it and 1% do not know, the results show.

Known in Florida as Amendment 2, the measure would have permitted patients to use marijuana to treat medical conditions such as cancer, glaucoma, hepatitis C, AIDS, HIV, multiple sclerosis, and more.

Meanwhile, the plant remains banned by the federal government, which classifies marijuana along with heroin and LSD.