Initiatives are on the ballot in Oregon and Alaska today, that would legalize recreational marijuana, are too close to call, according to NBC News. If the states approve the measures, they will join Colorado and Washington state, where recreational marijuana is already legal.
In addition, residents of Washington, D.C. will vote on a measure allowing adults 21 and over to possess up to two ounces of marijuana, and grow up to six plants in their homes. The measure is expected to pass. In Florida, voters are expected to defeat a medical marijuana measure. In 2016 at least six more states are expected to vote on legalizing recreational marijuana, the article notes.
TIME released an article giving the breakdown of the handful of states and cities that will vote to loosen restrictions on the drug, setting the stage for bigger battles in 2016.
The Metropolitan Drug Commission does not support the legalization or use of medical or recreational marijuana.
The term “medical marijuana” is generally used to refer to the whole unprocessed marijuana plant or its crude extracts, which are not recognized or approved as medicine by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Leading from Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.