Yesterday marijuana advocates celebrated as Michigan legalized recreational marijuana, while Missouri and Utah passed medical marijuana ballot initiatives. And yet somehow one prominent anti-marijuana advocate is claiming this isn't a victory for cannabis.
Kevin Sabet, the founder of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (an anti-cannabis advocacy organization), wrote on Twitter that last night's midterms were a "draw" for marijuana legalization. He said that marijuana legalization initiatives went "3-3" even though three out of the four states with cannabis initiatives passed them.
Looks like a draw. Tonight, 3 pot measures may pass (MI, MO, UT), and 3 definitely failed (ND, MO, MO). More to come.— Kevin Sabet (@KevinSabet) November 7, 2018
As you can see, Sabet is getting this "3-3" based on two initiatives in Missouri failing. But obviously this doesn't make any sense. One of the Missouri ballot initiatives did pass, and it was never possible for more than one of the initiatives to win anyways. Since there were three proposed medical marijuana initiatives in Missouri, whichever initiative received the most votes was going to be the winner. So saying two of the Missouri initiatives "lost" is stupid since they only lost to a different pro-marijuana initiative.
Sabet claimed in the his Twitter replies that Missouri voters probably didn't know that whatever initiative received the most votes would win, and therefore the other two initiatives failing could still be considered losses. But considering the outcome is Missouri gets medical marijuana, the whole argument seems rather silly.
We just can't wait for the day Congress finally legalizes marijuana and Sabet tries to find a way to spin that as a victory.