High ap­proval for cannabis, other mea­sures in US vote

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

US voters on Tues­day weighed in on a slew of bal­lot mea­sures, in­clud­ing sev­eral re­lated to mar­i­juana, gun con­trol and the death penalty. Here’s a look at how Amer­i­cans voted on some of these hot-but­ton is­sues:

Voters in Cal­i­for­nia, the na­tion’s most pop­u­lous state, handed a ma­jor vic­tory to back­ers of mar­i­juana le­gal­iza­tion by ap­prov­ing recre­ational use of the drug. The vote will give mo­men­tum to ef­forts to end fed­eral pro­hi­bi­tion of mar­i­juana and treat it in a way sim­i­lar to how al­co­hol is reg­u­lated. Ari­zona, Mas­sachusetts and Ne­vada also ap­proved the use of recre­ational mar­i­juana and voters in Maine were con­sid­er­ing a sim­i­lar mea­sure. In Florida, voters over­whelm­ingly ap­proved a mea­sure al­low­ing the use of mar­i­juana for med­i­cal pur­poses. Arkansas and North Dakota were also de­cid­ing on a sim­i­lar mea­sure. In Mon­tana, voters were de­cid­ing on whether to ease re­stric­tions in an ex­ist­ing med­i­cal mar­i­juana law.

Voters in four states were asked to de­cide on mea­sures linked to gun con­trol. In Cal­i­for­nia, one of the states with the tough­est gun con­trol laws, par­tial re­sults in­di­cated voters were set to ap­prove Propo­si­tion 63, which pro­hibits the pos­ses­sion of large-ca­pac­ity am­mu­ni­tion mag­a­zines and re­quires cer­tain peo­ple to pass back­ground checks in or­der to pur­chase am­mu­ni­tion. Ne­vada voted to re­quire univer­sal back­ground checks for weapons sales, in­clud­ing pri­vate hand­gun trans­ac­tions. Voters in Maine ap­peared set to re­ject a sim­i­lar mea­sure. Wash­ing­ton state voters ap­proved a mea­sure al­low­ing judges to pre­vent dan­ger­ous peo­ple from pos­sess­ing guns.

In Cal­i­for­nia, which houses about 25 per­cent of the coun­try’s death-row in­mates, early re­sults showed that voters had re­jected a mea­sure that would have abol­ished the death penalty and re­placed it with life with­out pa­role. They ap­proved how­ever Propo­si­tion 66 which would over­haul the ap­peals process to quicken the pace of ex­e­cu­tions passed. In Ok­la­homa, voters over­whelm­ingly ap­proved a mea­sure af­firm­ing the death penalty in the state. The bal­lot mea­sure al­lows the leg­is­la­ture to ap­prove any method of ex­e­cu­tion not pro­hib­ited by the US Con­sti­tu­tion. In Ne­braska, a con­ser­va­tive state, voters re­in­stated the death penalty af­ter state law­mak­ers abol­ished it last year.

Con­doms

Cal­i­for­nia voters re­jected a mea­sure that would have re­quired adult-film ac­tors to wear con­doms dur­ing sex scenes.

Plas­tic bags

Cal­i­for­nia be­came the first US state to do away with sin­gleuse shop­ping bags af­ter the con­tro­ver­sial mea­sure was ap­proved by voters.

As­sisted sui­cide

Colorado voters ap­proved a propo­si­tion that makes it le­gal for ter­mi­nally ill pa­tients to end their lives with the as­sis­tance of a physi­cian. The state joins five oth­ers, in­clud­ing Cal­i­for­nia, that al­low as­sisted sui­cide.— AFP

WASH­ING­TON: Pho­tos shows a mar­i­juana plant and its buds at Al­ter­na­tive So­lu­tions, lo­cal med­i­cal mar­i­juana pro­ducer in Wash­ing­ton, DC. — AFP

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