Election 2016: Cannabis wins big. That’s the secondary story–after, of course, the biggest Presidential upset in American history. But it’s a pretty important secondary story.
For those of us focused on the issue of cannabis legalization, the Nov. 8 election returns came as a magnificent surprise. Five states considered adult-use legalization, four voted on medical cannabis. All but one—Arizona—approved those measures. Almost nobody saw that coming. (For complete coverage, see Leafly’s election night reporting and wrap-up here.)
These states have approved regulated legalization: California, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Maine. These states legalized medical cannabis: Florida, Arkansas, Montana, and North Dakota. Together, those states represent a total population of 75 million people.
Consider this: One in five Americans now live in a state where cannabis is legal for adults 21 and older. One in five.
Overnight, the map of America changed.