DML: Major ballot proposals that passed in various states, including legalizing weed
Written by DML
America is changing. Whether it’s a good change or bad change is ultimately up to you to decide, but in one exit poll ABC News reported that 56% of voters said the country is headed in the wrong direction. I would be one of the people in that group. I think we are in trouble.
I had said a week ago that the race to watch was in Florida. Gillum versus DeSantis was the litmus test of how and where Americans were heading long term. If Gillum had won, my column here would be even more dismal than it is. DeSantis pulled out a victory, but by the slimmest of margins.
Tuesday’s elections resulted in more than just Democrats taking over the House and DeSantis beating Gillum. Take a look at some of the proposals that passed:
In the state of Washington, one of the toughest gun safety laws in the nation passed. A new measure increases the age limit to buy an assault rifle from 18 to 21 and imposes a 10-day waiting period for purchases.
In Michigan voters legalized recreational marijuana use for residents over the age of 21 with retail sales of the product subject to a 10 percent tax.
In Utah and Missouri, voters approved the use of medical marijuana.
In Florida, 63 percent voted to pass a measure that restores voting rights to 1.5 million former convicts. One third of the convicts are African-American. Blacks historically vote overwhelmingly Democrat.
Three red states backed Medicaid expansion. Idaho, Nebraska and Utah will now cover an estimated 325,000 low-income residents.
In San Francisco, there will be a new tax slapped on businesses that make more than $50 million per year. The money will be used to house the growing homeless population.
According to CBS News, Massachusetts passed the first statewide referendum to protect transgender rights. It upholds a bill prohibiting gender identity-based discrimination in public places, like bathrooms and locker rooms.
The outlet also reported that in Alabama and West Virginia, voters approved amendments to their state constitutions that aim to prevent public funding of abortions. Oregon voters rejected a similar measure.
Although some of the measures above are moves in the right direction, others are not. The ones that are not are radical, in my opinion. We’re in for a long two years, and maybe longer.
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