ST. LOUIS – Voters do not only choose between candidates on this Election Day. There are 155which is being discussed in 37 countries on issues ranging from carbon tax to expanding access to marijuana.
In Missouri, voters must decide between Democrat Josh Hawley and Democrat Claire McCaskill for the Senate. But as CBS News correspondent Dean Reynolds says, they also weigh out if medical marijuana needs to be legalized. There are three different measures and the differences between the proposals include the ability of patients to develop their own hemp medicine and the tax rates for the product.
Medical marijuana is in the vote in Utah, while Michigan could approve an amusement pot. In North Dakota, a voting proposal will decriminalize the sale and possession of marijuana for people over 21. One of the four states means marijuana medical use will be legal in 33 states and recreational use will be legal at 11.
In 2014, the first marijuana of recreation, since voters there approved what was called "Great Experiment". Since then, the pleasure pot has become legal in nine states plus the Columbia region. The marijuana industry has also been successful, with legal cannabis sales of more than $ 10 billion this year.
But opponents of legalization have highlighted the increased use of adolescents. In a letter to the Colorado Governor last year, Attorney General Jeff Sessions reported a federal study showing that the use of marijuana by young people in the state increased by 20% from legalization. However, the study also monitored use by 2016, eventually resulting in a fall.
Other voting initiatives include an opportunity for voters in Florida to restore voting rights to most criminals who end their sentences. About 1.5 million people could change the elections for 2020. A majority of 60%
Idaho, Nebraska and Utah – all deep red states – will vote on whether to extend Medicaid for low-income Americans, as provided by the Law on Affordable Care. The Montanans did it three years ago and will decide whether to keep it that way.
Voters in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Nevada, North Carolina and Oklahoma will examine the so-called Marsy law, making it the constitutional right for crime victims to be informed when their perpetrator is released from prison.
Some of these initiatives could push more voters into the polls, and some may suggest that voters are simply tired of being baptized and take democracy in their hands.
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