The collapse of the war on drugs will probably continue to rapidly escalate in the years ahead. Drug policy reform seems to be picking up momentum the same way the gay rights movement started out on the margins and rapidly gained victories once a certain tipping point was reached. The way this is happening is also interesting. It started out at the local level, working through referendums rather than conventional legislation, with the states and the private sector eventually getting behind reform efforts, winning the support of a supermajority of liberals and then a critical mass of conservatives, with the feds predictably being the biggest foot draggers.
By German Lopez, Vox
We still don’t know with certainty who will be the next president of the United States. But this year’s election results have given us a lot more clarity on one thing: American voters, even conservative ones, are ready to reel back the US’s war on drugs.
In every state where a ballot measure asked Americans to reconsider the drug war, voters sided with reformers. 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.