Many voters believe that strong prison sentences for possession of small amounts of pot are overkill. So, when given an opportunity to vote for the legalization of recreational marijuana, they voted “yes”. But did that vote actually accomplish what they thought it did?
Legalization of cannabis is the process of removing all legal prohibitions against it. Cannabis would then be available to the adult general population for purchase and use at will, similar to tobacco and alcohol. Decriminalization is the act of removing criminal sanctions against an act, article, or behavior.