On Election Day, two staunchly conservative states legalized leisure marijuana. A 3rd of Americans now live in a state the place weed is authorized for grownup use. Fresh Gallup polling says 68 % of the nation favors having authorized entry to marijuana.
But the Senate operates underneath a distinct actuality.
Many of the Senate’s older, conservative members are nonetheless resistant to any path to legalization for marijuana. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has mocked the House for motion on hashish and was unmoved even by Republican marijuana champion Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, a member of the chamber’s management, who received’t be round next 12 months. Red states together with Oklahoma, South Dakota and Mississippi have now legalized some type of pot — however for the foreseeable future, hundreds of thousands of Americans might be consuming a product the federal authorities nonetheless categorizes as a extremely harmful unlawful drug with no medical worth.