La Oferta

June 30, 2022

States vote to legalize cannabis, reinstate death penalty, raise minimum wage

Samples of marijuana sit on the counter at the Denver Discreet Dispensary in Denver, Colorado, USA, 01 January 2014. Colorado is the first state in the USA to sell recreational marijuana legally in the US. EPA/BOB PEARSON
Samples of marijuana sit on the counter at the Denver Discreet Dispensary in Denver, Colorado, USA, 01 January 2014. Colorado is the first state in the USA to sell recreational marijuana legally in the US. EPA/BOB PEARSON

Washington, Nov 9 (EFE).- Massachusetts and Nevada endorsed the legalization of recreational cannabis use, as did California which, like Nebraska also opted to uphold the death penalty in polling conducted alongside the United States presidential elections.

California supported the motion to legalize cannabis with almost 56 percent of the vote, mirroring sentiments in Massachusetts (53.5 percent), Nevada (54 percent) and Maine where with 88 percent of votes counted, 50.4 percent were in favor.

These states join the likes of Oregon, Washington state, Alaska and Colorado where cannabis consumption is already legal.

Meanwhile, Florida, Arkansas, Montana and North Dakota all approved the legalization of marijuana for medical use.

 

An undated file photo from the year 2000 shows the death chamber inside the Huntsville Unit in Huntsville, Texas. The chamber is where the State of Texas executes prisoners by lethal injection. According to news reports on 02 August 2013, Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark said that the state's supply of pentobarbital would end in September. Pentobarbital is a drug used in executions in Texas, since July 2012. EPA/PAUL BUCK
An undated file photo from the year 2000 shows the death chamber inside the Huntsville Unit in Huntsville, Texas. The chamber is where the State of Texas executes prisoners by lethal injection. According to news reports on 02 August 2013, Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark said that the state’s supply of pentobarbital would end in September. Pentobarbital is a drug used in executions in Texas, since July 2012. EPA/PAUL BUCK

Arizona rejected the measure with 52 percent voting against the legalization of the drug.

Some 54.5 percent of people rejected a motion to abolish the death penalty in California, the state with the highest number of inmates on death row.

In Nebraska, people voted similarly with 61 percent opting to reinstate capital punishment, reversing a legislative decision to abolish it in 2015.

Bills to increase the minimum wage were approved in Arizona, Washington, Colorado and Maine but rejected by South Dakota.

Many of these state-wide measures will have been eclipsed by the shock national election of winner Republican Donald Trump who, unlike his predecessors, is the first president-elect to have never held positions in office or the military.

Trump vowed that he would unite a divided country following Hillary Clinton’s shock loss.