The final score was 993,214 to 772,987.
That's a 12.4 percent margin, 56.2 percent to 43.8 percent.
No. Those aren't numbers for any particular candidates in the 2014 election cycle.
In fact, those are the combined totals from three locations, two states and the District of Columbia.
If I told you the states were Oregon and Alaska, you could probably guess the topic was legalizartion (not just decriminalization mind you, but total legalization) of marijuana.
These numbers are all from a list of all elections available on pollster.com.
In Oregon, Measure 91 passed by more than 11 points (55.6%-44.4%)-- 769,462-614,459.
In Alaska, Measure 2 was a bit closer, but it passed by nearly five points (52.3%-47.7%) --127,639-116,248.
In the Disrict of Columbia, Initiative 71 passed by more than a two to one margin (69.4%-30.6%) --96,113-42,281.
The average victory margin of 12.4 points is higher than the ten point margins achieved when Colorado and Washington voters approved similar referendums in the last elected cycle. The 12.4 percent is actually pretty much in line with the average support for legalization in recent opinion polls.
Congress wasted no time in striking down the results of the D.C. vote. In fact, the repeal was included at part of the trillion dollar budget passed a few weeks ago (the report printed below is from the Christian Science Monitor).
Politicians apparently feel empowered to strike down the will of the voters, but when people have been given the chance to vote on legalization, five times in a row they have said yes and by margins of not just a few points, but by margins of double digits.
I shall refrain from editorializing.
The numbers speak for themselves.
It's time to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana.
Congress poised to nix marijuana legalization, overruling D.C. voters
In November, the District of Columbia voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana, but a new congressional budget deal has a provision barring implementation.
DECEMBER 10, 2014
WASHINGTON — When residents of the District of Columbia voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana last month, cannabis fans cheered. Then they quickly realized that Congress – which has oversight over D.C.’s affairs – could overrule the will of the voters.
Now, it appears, that fear will come true sooner than expected – not in the next Congress, when Republicans will control both chambers, but during the lame duck session currently under way.
Tuesday night, Senate Democrats and House Republicans reached a deal to fund the federal government through Sept. 30 of next year. The full House and Senate have yet to vote on it, but if they pass it, that means no government shutdown. Then there's the fine print, which includes a provision that bars implementation of Initiative 71, the marijuana legalization measure D.C. voters approved by a 2-to-1 margin on Nov. 4.
Specifically, a press summary of the spending bill posted online by the House Appropriations Committee says it “prohibits both federal and local funds from being used to implement a referendum legalizing recreational marijuana use in the District.”
“If reports are true, members of Congress from both parties bargained away the rights of the people of the District of Columbia and in doing so compromised the core democratic values of the United States,” Kimberly Perry, head of the group D.C. Vote, said in a statement to The Washington Post.
Efforts to secure full voting representation in Congress for D.C. residents have a long history of frustration. The reality is that the federal enclave is not a state, and therefore its residents do not enjoy the same voting rights of states, as granted by the US Constitution. The Constitution also grants Congress jurisdiction over the District.
In 1973, Congress established “home rule” in D.C., allowing local officials to govern the District. But Congress maintains the right to overrule local decisions, including ballot measures.
Most of the time, Congress leaves D.C. alone, but on social policy,congressional Republicans have been known to jump in. On abortion policy, the District is not allowed to use its own tax revenues to fund the procedure for low-income residents. Republicans in Congress blocked sales of medical marijuana in D.C. for 11 years.
In the current Congress, Rep. Andy Harris (R) of Maryland is spearheading the effort to thwart legalized recreational marijuana in D.C. He claims “fairly broad-based support in Congress against legalization.”
But marijuana advocates aren’t taking this lying down.
“Tonight we march!” tweeted Adam Eidinger, chairman of the DC Cannabis Campaign, Wednesday morning.