Vox reports that Election Day proved to be a significant rejection of the War on Drugs across the U.S., with voters affirming marijuana legalization or other drug policy reform in every state where it was on the ballot.
In Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota, voters legalized marijuana for recreational purposes. In Mississippi and South Dakota (separate from the full legalization measure), voters legalized medical marijuana.
In Oregon, voters decriminalized — but not legalized — all drugs, including cocaine and heroin. Also in Oregon, voters legalized the use of psilocybin, a psychedelic drug found in magic mushrooms, for supervised therapeutic uses.
In Washington, DC, voters in effect decriminalized psychedelic plants, following the lead of several other cities.
Vox notes that “Oregon became the first state in the US to decriminalize all drugs in modern times,” and “marijuana is now legalized in 15 states and DC, although DC still doesn’t allow sales.”