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Almost 18 Million People Live In States Where Cannabis Is Legal

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After this past election 2 more states legalized the recreational use of marijuana. In fact almost 18 million people now live in a state where cannabis is legal. Here’s a breakdown of that number from FiveThirtyEight. 

A brutal night for Democratic candidates also saw some major gains for the pro-marijuana movement: By safe margins, Alaska and Oregon have joined Washington and Colorado in fully legalizing weed. Voters in Washington, D.C., approved near-legalization(selling is still illegal).

Counting D.C., and assuming this measure holds — Congress has the power to reverse it — the U.S. population living in “legal” jurisdictions has grown from 12.2 to 17.6 million.

Nevertheless, 141.8 million Americans still live in states where cannabis is completely illegal and fully criminalized. Florida voted 58 percent for legal medical marijuana, but a 60 percent majority was required to approve the measure. Medical weed was, however, approved in Guam.

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Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe is a 14-year veteran of the financial sector with licenses as a commodity broker (Series 3) and investment advisor representative (IAR Series 65). Along with a focus on raising capital for the firms he was employed with, he also wrote and edited much of the content published by them. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization due to the social injustices associated with marijuana prohibition and the strong potential for the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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