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Graphic shows the different levels of legality for the use of marijuana in the United States.
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Amerikaanse kiezers steunen legaliseren marijuana

By Ninian Carter

November 5, 2020 - Election ballot papers in five states asked voters to decide on the legality of cannabis use.

American voters, even Republican ones, have shifted position on the U.S. war on drugs.

In all five states where a question on drugs was added to the ballot paper, voters sided with reformers.

In Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota, voters legalised marijuana for recreational purposes (meaning a total 15 states now permit recreational cannabis use). In Mississippi and South Dakota, voters legalised medical marijuana use (36 states now permit the legal distribution of medical-use cannabis).

All the proposals won by 5 or more percentage points, with Montana, Mississippi, and South Dakota being notably unusual – handing wins to President Donald Trump, but also to marijuana legalisation supporters.

Overall, the success of the ballot measures amounts to a sizeable rejection of America’s war on drugs.

For decades, U.S. drug policy has operated on the principle that drugs should be illegal. Voters from both sides of the political divide clearly want to move away from that.

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PUBLISHED: 05/11/2020; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Associated Press
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