Despite what happened on Tuesday, people who weren’t following any issues on marijuana or were following closely have now been more informed and educated than ever before. It looks like the pendulum is swinging in favor of the drug across the country, even after the three statewide marijuana ballot measures were defeated.
In fact the 46% in favor vote for Prop 19 in California was accompanied by a collection of smaller, less-publicized marijuana policy reform victories across the country. This is yet another sign of the growing strength of the movement to legalize marijuana and end the prohibition.
In local elections in many states, voters overwhelmingly backed saner marijuana laws by rejecting dispensary bans and endorsing proposals for further reform. People are advocating for a pair of legalization initiatives in 2012 in California and in Colorado. They are also advocating in other states such as South Dakota and Oregon. According to Gallup the national polling in favor of making the use of marijuana legal rose to an all-time high of 46%.