Nine different states voted on marijuana-related ballot initiatives — four considered legal medical marijuana and five chose whether to legalize recreational marijuana. Eight of those initiatives passed, including recreational approval in California, Massachusetts, Nevada and Maine. Arizona’s failed.
Trump has made seemingly supportive statements for marijuana legalization in the past, but the potential inclusion of politicians who are traditionally conservative on drug policy in his future administration — such as Rudy Giuliani, Chris Christie and Mike Pence — has harshed some legalization supporters’ mellow.
“I’m mostly concerned by the people around Donald Trump,” said Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance Ethan Nadelmann — the man considered the major powerhouse behind marijuana legalization in the country.
The opposition also believe Trump’s potential appointees could point toward future policy.
“When we see Guiliani and Christie and Sessions around him, I think things could change pretty quickly,” said Dr. Kevin Sabet, co-founder of anti-legalization group Smart Approaches to Marijuana. “Everything is up in the air right now.”
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