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Election 2020 Statewide Referendums: marijuana, mushrooms, wages, state flags, and more

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The biggest news on Election Night was the ongoing presidential race between incumbent Republican President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden.

The House and Senate races even broke through the headlines. However, like in every election, there were ballot measures voted on too.

Many states across the country allow for their voters to vote on specific policy referendums that are printed on their ballots alongside their candidates, with some that are binding and others that are non-binding. This election, the topics of the measures that voters approved ranged widely from drugs and criminal justice reform to electoral reform. Let’s look over the most significant ballot measures successfully approved by voters in this election.

Note: Millions of ballots nationwide have yet to be counted, so the results of some of these measures could change in the coming days.

(States are listed in alphabetical order.)

ARIZONA

Arizona Proposition 207: Legalize recreational marijuana

CALIFORNIA

California Proposition 22: Classify gig workers as contractors

California Proposition 24: Enhance consumer privacy laws

COLORADO

Colorado Proposition 118: Institute paid family and medical leave

If current trends continue, another measure, Colorado Proposition 113, will likely be approved by voters. This would have Colorado join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.

DISTRICT of COLUMBIA

Initiative 81: Decriminalize entheogenic plants and fungus

FLORIDA

Florida Amendment 2: Increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2026

KENTUCKY

Kentucky Constitutional Amendment 1: Include crime victims’ rights in the state constitution

MICHIGAN

For Michigan, it’s worth noting that Proposal 2 appears it will be approved by voters if current trends continue. Proposal 2 would require a warrant for accessing electronic data.

MISSISSIPPI

Mississippi Ballot Measure 2: Establish runoffs for gubernatorial elections

Mississippi Ballot Measure 1A: Decide whether to change the state’s marijuana laws

Mississippi Ballot Measure 1B: Deciding what kind of medical marijuana law to pass

For clarification, Measure 1 is a two-part measure related to legalizing medical marijuana. Measure 1A asked voters if they wanted one of the medical marijuana laws proposed in Measure 1B, and then 1B asked voters if they wanted a law that would limit medical marijuana to terminally ill patients or one which would permit it for patients with over 20 other illnesses. Mississippians approved both parts of Measure 1.

On top of those two measures, Mississippians also voted to adopt the new flag that a state commission approved after receiving thousands of entrees from a flag-design contest.

This carries immense historical significance because the former Mississippi flag incorporated the Confederate battle flag in its design, making it the final state in the former Confederacy to remove the battle flag from its official state flag. The new flag, designed by graphic artist Rocky Vaughan, makes use of the state’s official flower, the magnolia, and includes the motto “In God We Trust”:

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MISSOURI

Missouri Amendment 3: Change the redistricting process

MONTANA

Montana Initiative 190: Legalize and tax recreational marijuana

NEBRASKA

Nebraska Amendment 2: Extend the TIF (Tax Increment Financing) repayment period to 20 years

Nebraska Initiative 428: Place a cap on payday loan rates at 36%

NEW JERSEY

New Jersey Public Question 1: Legalize recreation marijuana for adults (ages 21+)

OREGON

Oregon Measure 110: Fund drug treatment centers with money from marijuana taxes

It’s important to mention that Oregon also approved decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of hard drugs such as heroin, MDMA, psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, cocaine, and others—making it the first state to do so.

SOUTH DAKOTA

South Dakota Constitutional Amendment A: Legalize recreational marijuana

UTAH

Utah Constitutional Amendment C: Change the state constitution to remove slavery as a punishment

VIRGINIA

Virginia Redistricting Commission Amendment: Create a redistricting commission

WASHINGTON

Washington Advisory Vote 32: Repeal plastic bag tax

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Biden’s 60 Minutes Interview Horrifies White House: ‘Does NOT Reflect the OFFICIAL Position’

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Uh oh. Someone let President Joe Biden speak by himself again and damage control immediately ensued. President Joe Biden’s “60 Minutes” interview which aired on CBS Sunday was 60 minutes of pure torture for viewers and 60 minutes of pure angst for the White House; everyone but the president himself.

60 Minutes’ official Twitter account publicly called out the President’s answers with an embarrassing statement that his own administration was in disagreement with him:

“President Biden tells 60 Minutes that U.S. men and women would defend Taiwan in the vent of a Chinese invasion. However, after our interview, a White House official told us that U.S. policy on Taiwan has not changed.”

CBS’ Scott Pelley also discussed inflation; an issue drastically affecting the welfare and wellbeing of families. Biden deflected with zero sympathy:

As for President Biden’s son Joe, he is sticking with the narrative that Hunter is the “smartest” person he knows and that “there’s not a single thing that I’ve observed at all that would affect me or the United States relative to my son Hunter.”

Biden also said that while the “proof of the pudding is in the eating” in response to being asked if he is fit to be President, Biden did not commit to saying whether or not he will run for re-election. His “intention” is to run again, “but that’s just intention” he said. “Is it a firm decision that I run again? That remains to be seen.”

 

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