Pot legalization marches on

Over at Econlog, I have a post discussing the Trump victory.

Here I’ll focus on happier news—pot legalization continues to be on the march.  Last night pot was legalized in California, Nevada, Massachusetts and Maine.  It failed in Arizona.  But even there it’s just a matter of time, as opposition is very strong among the over 65 group, and they are dying off.  (I’ll be over 65 in four years.)  The young will propel it to nationwide legalization within a few decades.  Medical marijuana won in Florida and a few other states.

The carbon tax failed in Washington, which I suppose is not surprising given that it was opposed by environmentalists.  I guess those are the kind of people who think a vote for Jill Stein makes more sense than a vote for Hillary.

The death penalty made a comeback, which I did not expect.  I still think it’s on the way out, but it will take longer than I assumed.  Outside of Texas, the death penalty is almost never used in America.

Stocks bounced back.  Perhaps they are looking past Trump, and whetting their tongue about the the goodies the GOP Senate is about to deliver to them.  We will see.



7 Responses to “Pot legalization marches on”

  1. Gravatar of Trumper Trumper
    9. November 2016 at 11:03

    Well, markets in usa are up after the election, that doesn’t mean Trump election was a good thing to the economy?? That’s your model right?

  2. Gravatar of Christian List Christian List
    9. November 2016 at 13:30

    So Marihuana will be legal for recreational use throughout the entire west coast (including Alaska). Maybe they should secede and name themselves “United States of Potland”.

    On another note I wasn’t surprised that we saw riots from Hillary supporters. DNC supporters are younger and live in bigger cities. RNC supporters seem to be older and seem to be living in rural areas and the suburbs. So they neither got the age nor the places to riot.

  3. Gravatar of Joe Leider Joe Leider
    9. November 2016 at 13:37

    Don’t forget right to die in Colorado – those laws can ease a lot of human suffering.

  4. Gravatar of Art Deco Art Deco
    9. November 2016 at 13:42

    those laws can ease a lot of human suffering.

    No, they’ll act to destroy trust between patients and doctors and promote lassitude in the improvements of end-of-life care. See Dame Cicely Saunders on these points.

  5. Gravatar of Don Don
    9. November 2016 at 19:56

    If my map skills are correct, North & South Carolina are the only states not itself or adjacent to a state where medical/recreational marijuana is legal.

    I wonder how this will affect the standard of living. Crime down, yet work hours down. Probably a net positive.

  6. Gravatar of Scott Sumner Scott Sumner
    10. November 2016 at 08:36

    Trumper, Yes, I believe the markets are predicting stronger growth, and higher profits.

    Joe, We are dividing up into the enlightened states and the barbaric states. Massachusetts rejected right to die a few years ago—disgraceful.

  7. Gravatar of Scott Sumner Scott Sumner
    10. November 2016 at 08:36

    Art, The policy has been a success in Oregon–no problems at all.

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