Could be a lot more tokin’ goin’ on come Nov. 9.
More states than ever in the U.S. are voting Nov. 8 on whether to ease restrictions on marijuana.
It equates to nearly 60 million more Americans being able to light up a dube if voters agree to legalize cannabis in their five states, USA Today figures. That’s in addition to the estimated 18 million residents of Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and the District of Columbia who already have access to recreational pot.
Another 24 million Americans could suddenly have access to medical marijuana if voters in Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota approve it on the November ballot, USA Today says. Twenty-five states and the District of Columbia already permit some form of medical marijuana use.
California, the most populous of the five states voting to legalize recreational use of marijuana, would add millions more names to the list of citizens living in states that allow it. Voters there are likely to approve the “Adult Use of Marijuana Act,” according to the latest polls. And what happens in California often spreads east.
Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada also have recreational use on the November ballot.
In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott signed legislation in June 2015 allowing cannabis oil to be used in treatments of epilepsy and other chronic medical conditions, but he insisted that marijuana would not be legalized for medical or recreational use in the state during his tenure.
But economics has been known to change things in Texas. And there’s some consideration being made here.
Smoke ’em if you got ’em. (Just don’t do it here. In public, anyway.)