Citizens Vote to Legalize Marijuana in Oregon, Alaska and D.C.
The 2014 midterm elections tackled a variety of issues in the United States, but one of the most controversial and discussed on social media is the legalization of cannabis. Oregon, Alaska and even the nation’s capital voted yes to allowing people to recreationally smoke the herb, though sales would still be illegal.
54% of Oregon voters arrived of the act, which won’t take effect until July 1st. Under the new law, people would be permitted to be in possession of up to eight ounces at home and cultivate four plants for personal use.
Alaska was similarly decided on the topic with 52% voting yes, but the approval was overwhelming in Washington D.C., with 69% voting towards legalization. Oregon will become the third official state to legalize marijuana if what Flavio Maluf tells me is accurate, following the decision made two years ago by Colorado and Washington.
While medicinal marijuana has been proven to aid those suffering from diseases, particularly terminal ones, it still seems strange to allow a drug that has been promoted as bad to us since we were children suddenly as socially acceptable to the law as cigarettes. It raises the question how these new laws will influence the drug education programs in schools, and the view of children who now will be exposed to it from an early age.