Marijuana Was More Popular Than Many Victorious Politicians on the Same Ballot

In the three states and the District of Columbia that had marijuana legalization measures on the 2014 ballot, ending some prohibition on a plant was more popular than many politicians who ran for statewide office and won. That was true even in Florida, where the medical marijuana ballot measure lost.

In Oregon, more people voted for Measure 91 than voted for Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D), both of whom won their races last week. The ballot measure also passed, legalizing the possession, use and sale of recreational marijuana.

According to state election data, 822,078 people voted for Measure 91, while only 792,268 voted for Merkley and 714,411 voted for Kitzhaber.

“In a year that wasn’t good for Democrats across the country, Oregon bucked the trend,” Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) told The Huffington Post. “Most interestingly, even with decisive victories for Democrats in the statewide elections, Measure 91 got more votes for passage than either the governor or Senator Merkley. There’s clearly a lesson to be learned here, and I sincerely hope that Democrats at the national level are paying attention as they start looking to the 2016 elections.”

– Read the entire article at Huffington Post.