Voters in several U.S. states back drug legalisation in referendums

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New York, Nov. 4, 2020 (dpa/NAN) Voters in several U.S. states backed measures to decriminalise marijuana and some psychedelic drugs in referendums.

According to the board of elections on Wednesday, with ballots still being counted in the nation’s capital, Washington, 77 per cent of voters are saying yes to effectively decriminalising a range of psychedelic plants and mushrooms.

The ballot initiative would lower the priority for the enforcement of laws against the non-commercial possession, distribution and cultivation of such hallucinogenic substances, and ask prosecutors to drop cases related to those activities.

Arizona, New Jersey, Montana and South Dakota joined 11 other states in legalising recreational marijuana.

According to media projections, despite such state measures being in conflict with federal law on drug possession and sales.

In New Jersey, with 49 per cent of precincts reporting, 67 per cent of voters approved a ballot measure to make cannabis legal, broadcaster NBC said.

Industry experts have said it would take at least a year until adults would be able to buy the drug in the Garden State.

The ballot initiatives were only part of the flood of choices U.S. voters were being asked to make, along with their votes for the presidency, Senate and House of Representatives.

Also on the ballot were sheriffs, judges and prosecutors. Voters in 32 states decided on 120 ballot initiatives on issues ranging from tax policies to drug reforms.

Voters in Oregon could make it the first state to allow some legal use of Psilocybin, which is found in magic mushrooms.

They also voted on whether to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of illicit drugs. (dpa/Naija247news)

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