New Jersey, Arizona, Montana, South Dakota and Oregon are among states which passed groundbreaking drug legislation this election day.
According to the Associated Press, New Jersey’s measure to legalize the possession and use of recreational marijuana for people 21 and over passed easily with 67% of the vote.
Furthermore, Arizona legalized marijuana with a similar majority vote, and is even exploring the expunging of marijuana offenses from criminal records.
Montana and South Dakota also followed suit, allowing the recreational use of weed.
Oregon, which has been offering recreational marijuana since 2015, also became the first state to decriminalize the possession of drugs like cocaine, heroine and methamphetamine, citing it as more of a public health issue/personal choice than a criminal offense.
According to the New York Times, “The Oregon measure makes possession of small amounts of what have long been considered harder drugs a violation, similar to a traffic ticket, and no longer punishable by jail time. The law also funds drug addiction treatment from marijuana sales taxes.”
“This is incredible,” Kassandra Frederique of the advocacy group Drug Policy Alliance told the NYT. “This is like taking a sledgehammer to the cornerstone of the drug war.”
Last but not least, Oregon’s Measure 109 and Washington DC’s Initiative 81 also passed, loosening restrictions and increasing the medical study of psilocybin, effectively legalizing psychedelics like “magic mushrooms.”