Election HQ Judge Nap: What a Trump Presidency Means for Legalized Pot
"Soon it will be perfectly legal to get as high as you want in a number of more states," Shepard Smith reported, citing the passage of three more statewide referendums on legalized marijuana last night.
California, Nevada and Massachusetts successfully legalized the controlled substance, Arizona voters defeated a measure, and a ballot initiative in Maine is too close to call, he reported.
Judge Andrew Napolitano said that California's passage of the initiative is particularly noteworthy, since the Golden State was the first to pass a ban on smoking indoors.
Referenda that "sweep [the] nation" "often begin in California," Napolitano said.
"Millions are in favor of this," he said, citing the 28 states plus the District of Columbia that support at least medical use of pot.
Under President Obama, "the Justice Department has not enforced federal law, which prohibits all use of marijuana," he said, noting that George Bush did the opposite.
"He might say 'why can't the states be laboratories of democracy, and laboratories of cultural change'," Napolitano said of President-Elect Donald Trump's possible ruling on the topic, adding that his supporters may find the fiscal repercussions advantageous to their ideology:
"It will save tens of millions of dollars a year in federal law enforcement costs" if Trump pursues a state-by-state approach, Napolitano said.