Amending marijuana laws requires that a state should obtain at least 60% of votes on one side of a debate. Recently in the nation’s capital, 69% of voters in Washington D.C approved recreational use of marijuana. In Colorado, 55.3% approved the recreational use of marijuana while 44.7% disapproved of its use (Lindsey, 34).
Admittedly, the recent wave of ballot initiatives concerning recreational use of marijuana is new. In the recent past, 23 states in the United States approved medical use of marijuana through ballot initiatives. Currently, these states are pushing towards the recreational use of the drug through ballot initiatives. Apparently, voters in these states are divided on the issue of recreational use of the drug. In Colorado, numerous debates on the recreational use of marijuana dominated social, political and economic environments prior to the voting dates. Some voters and state officials appeared publicly to strongly advocate for the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. Contrarily, other voters and state officials expressed their concerns in opposing and criticizing the initiative’s proponents (Kirk, 01). After voters in the aforementioned states cast their votes, it is likely that other states may follow suit. Consequently, the issue of recreational use of marijuana has occupied the central platform on national debates today.
Recently, the Colorado State senator appeared on print media admitting that the war on drugs at both the state and national level is not working. As a recommendation, the senator Shawn Mitchell asserted that legalizing the recreational use of marijuana will act as an effective approach in addressing the failing trend of war on drugs.