1:49 p.m. — How are things looking? What will pass?
Polls have yet to close in any state so far (see our post from 10:36 a.m. for hours), but the latest survey results give us an indication of which legalization measures have the best chance of passage. Leafly has been tracking surveys throughout the election season, updating our predictions as the data change. In a nutshell: Things were looking good as we went into Election Day, but the outlook for most measures is still uncertain. You can see deputy editor Bruce Barcott’s picks here.
In terms of adult-use, California looks almost sure to pass. “Support has been so consistent,” writes the Washington Post’s Christopher Ingraham, “that a failure to pass the legalization proposal in California would be the only truly surprising outcome among all five state legalization measures.” Massachusetts and Nevada are also trending toward yes, as is Maine—barely.
1:34 p.m. — Mainstream media needs to elevate the conversation
We haven’t been shy about calling out media outlets, especially those on the East Coast, for mishandling or misrepresenting cannabis issues. It looks like we’re not alone. The Brookings Institute’s John Hudak, a top cannabis policy wonk, rolled his eyes at CNN’s discussion of state legalization measures. —Ben Adlin
1:23 p.m. — Exit polls will skip Massachusetts, Arkansas, Montana, North Dakota
The consortium of news networks that commissions election exit polls will skip 28 states today, including four states with cannabis measures on the ballot. Massachusetts, Arkansas, Montana, and North Dakota will not be surveyed, according to Politico, as news networks focus instead on larger and more competitive states.
That means we’ll have to wait until those states start reporting official results. That usually occurs shortly after the polls close, though some states, like Arkansas, have said the first results may not be available until closer to an hour after voting ends. —Ben Adlin
12:14 p.m. — Mild East Coast weather encourages voter turnout
Boston’s funky oasis of Jamaica Plain is seeing long lines and a number of No-on-2 campaign signs at polling places, Metro Boston‘s Kristin Toussaint reports. Here’s the scene outside the John F. Kennedy school:
— Kristin Toussaint (@kristindakota) November 8, 2016
Up in Maine, Leafly correspondant Crash Barry says the weather is unseasonably warm—a good sign for voters heading to polling places. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy caused chaos in the final week of the election by threatening to close polling places. No problems are expected this year: Highs in Maine should hit the 50s, which is slightly above normal.
— NWS WPC (@NWSWPC) November 8, 2016
11:16 a.m. — Prop. 64 isn’t the only cannabis vote on California’s ballot
SAN FRANCISCO—For all the attention it’s getting, the drama around Prop. 64 isn’t the only cannabis-related story on the California ballot today. As we’ve seen in Colorado, Washington, and other cannabis-friendly states, translating a yes vote into a workable, practical system takes a lot of effort. In the coming months, Prop. 64 will need to be rendered into specific regulations and procedures by state agencies and legislators and, especially, cities and counties. And even though though a majority of Californians support legalization, plenty of Californians still oppose it—and many of those opponents are in positions of power, whether in local office, the state Legislature, or Congress. These players can influence how legalization is rolled out, and even whether it’s rolled out. In many cities and counties, opponents are running ballot initiatives that would restrict or even ban adult-use cannabis. So while the Prop. 64 race is front-and-center here today, we’ll also be following a number of other campaigns—everything from the Democrats’ efforts to oust avowed cannabis opponent US Rep. Darrell Issa to a nasty cannabis-infused battle on the Oakland City Council to several local ballot initiatives to ban cannabis production or sale. —Paul Roberts
10:36 a.m. — What times do the polls close?
As eager as you might be to grab a bowl of popcorn (or anything else) and watch election results stream in, it’s still be several hours before polling places begin to close. Expect to see the first results coming in shortly after East Coast voting ends at 8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific.
Curious about a specific state? Here’s when states with cannabis measures on the ballot close their polls (all times are local):
- Arizona: 7 p.m.
- Arkansas: 7:30 p.m.
- California: 8 p.m.
- Florida: 7 p.m. / 8 p.m. (varies by county)
- Maine: 8 p.m.
- Massachusetts: 8 p.m.
- Montana: 8 p.m.
- Nevada: 7 p.m.
- North Dakota: 7 p.m. / 8 p.m. (varies by county)
9:30 a.m. — Flavor Flav endorses legalization, even in states not voting on cannabis today
— FLAVOR FLAV (@FlavorFlav) November 8, 2016
Oh, Flavor Flav, we only wish New York were voting to legalize today. Also, about DC: They legalized adult use in 2014, but Congress won’t really let them implement it. It’s a long story. Read about it here. —Bruce Barcott