A myriad of small ballots in the middle of big elections. Voters’ ballots didn’t just feature checkboxes to choose their elected officials in Congress or the White House. Several amendments to reform state legislation were put to democratic vote.
Here is a summary of the social choices made at the polls.
Legalization of marijuana
Banned at the federal level, the legal consumption of cannabis is gaining ground thanks to local referendums.
New Jersey, Montana and Arizona join 11 states that have already legalized recreational use of cannabis.
South Dakota voted to legalize recreational and medical cannabis, and voters approved both uses.
The very conservative State of Mississippi has legalized the therapeutic use of cannabis for certain patients.
Already a pioneer in the legalization of cannabis in 2014, Oregon put to the vote a citizens’ initiative, Measure 109. It provides for the legal consumption of psilocybin, a mushroom with hallucinogenic properties… as therapy for mental health. This experience, reserved for adults over 21, will even be facilitated by an official agent in a specialized center.
The State Health Authority should be responsible for putting in place the regulations and criteria for setting up consumption centers that will not open their doors before January 2023.
Another referendum in the same West Coast state approved the decriminalization of all possession of narcotics, including so-called “hard” drugs such as heroin or cocaine, as long as it is low. quantity intended for personal use.
Put to a vote in California, Proposition 16 was rejected. It aimed to suspend the prohibition of affirmative action (affirmative action) enshrined in the State Constitution in 1996. At the time, Proposition 209 stipulated that discrimination and preferential treatment, on the basis of race. , sex or origin of a person, were prohibited in public service, education and public tenders.
Prompted by intense lobbying from Uber, Lyft or Doordash platforms, Proposition 22 was approved by Californian voters. It clarifies California law and ensures that the drivers or delivery people of the platforms are indeed self-employed and not employees. This therefore exempts the actors of the “gig economy” from providing them with insurance or a minimum wage.
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