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The incident happened after ‘several hundred inmates grouped together around staff and refused to disperse’. Corrections officers deployed ‘nonlethal munitions’ including pepper balls and rubber bullets but it remains unclear what caused the riot itself.

A riot involving several hundred prisoners broke out at an Arizona jail where guards deployed ‘nonlethal munitions’ including pepper balls and rubber bullets into the crowd.

The riot broke out at Eyman prison’s Cook Unit in Florence, near Phoenix after ‘several hundred inmates grouped together around staff and refused to disperse,’ according to Arizona Department of Corrections spokeswoman Judy Keane, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

Inmates were reportedly zip-tied and held on a yard as prison officials searched the prison, according to tweets reportedly emanating from inmates’ relatives.

​Inmates also reported that windows were broken on the property in the riot, according to the outlet.

‘They came in with tear gas, flash bangs, pepper spray, and started shooting them at everyone. It was basically a war zone,’ one inmate said.

Keane said two specialized teams of Department security staff were involved in the incident. 

‘The Designated Armed Response Team (DART) and Tactical Support Unit (TSU) responded to the incident and deployed nonlethal munitions to gain inmates’ compliance with instructions and secure the inmates inside their dorms,’ Keane said. 

There were no reports of injuries among inmates or staff but the prison unit was locked down for further investigations to take place. 

It was not clear what prompted the riot but local radio station KJZZ said inmates were unhappy with the conditions at the prison.

Some took to social media to express their shock over the incident.





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Ty Mealey of Arizona Aesthetics & Wellness Corporate



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Ty Mealey was just about to start a new job doing financial planning and investing when he ran the numbers on his personal-training side gig and realized he could do it full time. 

The business started out as a favor for some friends from Dubai and Qatar. They wanted to train, but didn’t feel comfortable in the local big-box gyms. Mealey offered to help. Soon, he was offering personal training to three friends five days a week after work in the gym in his apartment building.

Things really took off when he offered to train other friends of theirs during his two-week vacation before starting a new job. “When the numbers jumped up to 12 guys paying 700 bucks a month, I did the math and realized this was something legitimate,” Mealey recalls.

Encouraged by his then-girlfriend (now wife), who was working as a top trainer in Arizona’s, he decided to make the leap and start his own company, Tytin Fitness. And he kept a lifeline open; the recruiter he’d been working with for the finance job was willing to move from an August start date to a January one. He never needed it, though he admitted: “I’m not going to sugarcoat it — the first month of working out of my apartment complex until my book of business built up was very, very scary.”

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The business soon outgrew the apartment gym. Mealey opened the first Tytin Fitness location, a 1,500-square-foot gym in Scottsdale, in 2016. Two years later, in 2018, he opened a 5,000-square-foot facility in Tempe, and added medical services via a new business, Arizona Aesthetics & Wellness. In June 2020, he added a third location in Phoenix, on the first floor of a corporate office with 3,000 employees. That was the impetus for the launch of a corporate wellness arm, Arizona Aesthetics & Wellness Corporate LLC.

Flying by the seat of his pants

Mealey describes his approach as “flying by the seat of my pants”. He added services he thought would work to see if his clients felt the same. It was successful, but he also learned a few lessons. “If you’re negotiating a commercial lease, make sure you have a commercial real estate agent working with you,” he advises. “I cut out the middleman and I just signed my life away. That cost me dearly.”

And he learned something about equipment costs, too. “I blew a lot of my initial budget buying brand new things,” Mealey confesses. “I could have bought five to 10 times the amount of equipment for the exact same price if I had just looked at gently used options.”

That said, the “seat of the pants” approach has also helpe Mealey innovate, for example with the corporate wellness business. “We take over the gym in your facility to offer our services to your employees,” he explains. “Therefore we make your employees healthier, and your biometric screening costs and insurance premiums go down.”

One feature that sets both businesses apart is having allopathic and naturopathic medicine under one roof. In addition to personal training, massage and chiropractic, the businesses offer blood work, hormone therapy and Chinese medicine. That helps clients see all-around benefits, which Mealey says is very rewarding: “It was always fun to see the before and after pictures of somebody who loses 20 pounds. Now we have people tell us that their quality of life is better because they have more energy, better skin complexion and just a better sense of wellbeing. It’s very rewarding knowing that people are going to live happier, healthier, longer lives because they came through our door.”

The secrets of six-figure success

What’s helped Mealey build a six-figure business? First, the support of friends and family. He started the business with his girlfriend and best friend, and both now work full time in the business.

Offering consistency to clients is also a biggie. Trainers and doctors stay on top of appointments so customers never feel let down. Creating an inclusive community has always been important, and Tytin has a strong presence in the LGBTQ community.  After training a friend and his partner, the word spread. “They had phenomenal results, and they felt safe and happy,” Mealey says.

Building rapport is also essential for business growth, and there is where Mealey excels. He’s good at getting to know people and at building rapport, both in person and on social media. “People aren’t intimidated by me,” he shares. “I’m always happy and warm and welcoming to just pay it forward and give advice.”

Of course, bringing the right people into the team is key. Whether it’s a trainer or a doctor, Mealey gets to know them to “see if their energy matches with the energy of our facilities,” as he puts it. That keeps the environment positive. 

A new focus

One aspect of business success is the ability to pivot, which has been a must during the pandemic. Arizona Aesthetics & Wellness was able to stay open because it included licensed medical facilities. To take advantage of that, Mealey increased promotion of products and services related to health (e.g. IV bag therapies, antibacterials and antivirals) more heavily. 

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People who came for medical services were happy to come to the gym once those facilities reopened. That’s because, as a private training facility, the gym is less busy than a big box. Plus, adds Mealey, “We can control the environment and the sanitization process so that we know that everyone in there’s going to be safe.”

Meanwhile, Mealey isn’t standing still. His aim is to increase the number of freestanding gyms, as well as getting corporate wellness centers inside Arizona’s largest corporate offices in the next three to five years. Thinking back, he’s happy he took the risk of starting his own business. “At the end of the day,” he concludes, “you can’t expect giant amazing things to happen unless you’re going to put yourself out there in the universe for that energy to be reciprocated.”

 

 



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DeAndre Hopkins winner in Arizona vs Buffalo, Kyler Murray pass, video


Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins revelled along with sports greats on social media about their ridiculous 43-yard Hail Mary touchdown to break the Bills’ hearts in a 32-30 win in Arizona on Monday (AEST).

It was the very definition of a Hail Mary.

Murray, with the Cardinals trailing by four points late in the fourth quarter and down to their final play, avoided a tackle while scrambling left. The second-year quarterback then heaved the ball into the end zone to a well-guarded Hopkins while falling out of bounds.

The 6-foot-1 receiver was somehow able to outjump and fight off three Bills defenders to come down with the ball for an improbable touchdown and a thrilling Arizona win. It was Murray’s only touchdown pass of the game, though he ran for two scores.

The two stars at the centre of the play had very different reactions to their miracle moment.

“Never Panic,” Hopkins wrote on Twitter after the game.

Murray was a bit more honest in his post where he all but admitted he tossed it long and hoped for the best.

“Shiiiiiiiiiiiiid….. Hop down there somewhere!” Murray wrote on Twitter along with a smiley face and genie emoji.

The play also caught the eye of Lakers star LeBron James. The four-time NBA champion was thrilled by the outcome.

“WOW WOW WOW!! HOP HOP HOP! @DeAndreHopkins My bro different!!” James posted on Twitter.

Former Giants quarterback Eli Manning also chimed in alongside some of the biggest names in football.

“There are only a select few of us that can make a play like this! Ha,” the two-time Super Bowl champion tweeted.

The Cardinals moved into a three-way tie atop the NFC West at 6-3. The Bills, who had just completed a 12–play, 73-yard drive, to take the lead with 3:01 remaining fall to 7-3 and just half a game ahead of the Dolphins (6-3) in the AFC East.



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US election results 2020: Trump campaign files Arizona lawsuit as President refuses to concede — live


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Congratulatory messages for Joe Biden poured in from world leaders, spanning from the UK’s Boris Johnson to Emmerson Mnangagwa in Zimbabwe and Brussels chief Ursula von der Leyen.

French president Emmanuel Macron, who initially went to great lengths to court Donald Trump personally despite their opposing views, underlined many western diplomats’ hopes that the incoming Democratic administration would be much more open to working with European counterparts.

“We have a lot to do to overcome today’s challenges,” he tweeted. “Let’s work together!”

Ireland’s premier Micheál Martin was even more forthcoming, noting the president-elect’s strong Irish heritage and saying he is a “stalwart friend” of the country.

Mr Biden’s opposition to Brexit stands in contrast to Mr Trump’s support, raising hopes in Dublin that the new president will use influence to protect the open border between the Irish republic and Northern Ireland.

He invited the president-elect, who has cousins in the counties of Mayo and Louth on the Emerald Island, to visit when possible.

Jens Stoltenberg, secretary-general of Nato, which endured a rocky few years under Mr Trump who called for traditional US allies in Europe to increase their defense spending, said that he hoped to “further strengthen the bond between North America and Europe” under Biden’s presidency. German leader Angela Merkel echoed the sentiment.

Boris Johnson, the UK prime minister, and António Costa, Portugal’s socialist prime minister, put an emphasis on cooperation on climate change with Mr Biden, after the US pulled out of the Paris climate agreement under Mr Trump.

Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian president whose July 2019 phone call with Donald Trump triggered the outgoing US president’s impeachment trial, warmly greeted Mr Biden’s victory.

From India, Narendra Modi said he hoped Mr Biden would build on his work as vice-president under Barack Obama to “take India-US relations to greater heights”, as he called the entry of Kamala Harris into the White House as a “matter of immense pride” for Indian-Americans.

Not all those hitting Twitter were just out to congratulate Mr Biden. Reinhard Bütikofer, a Green member of the European parliament, taunted Mr Trump by replying to a tweet the president posted earlier on Saturday baselessly claiming that he had won the election by “a lot”.

“Lame tweet, you loser!” said Mr Bütikofer, a member of the European parliament’s foreign affairs committee and its delegations for relations with the US and China. “The high time of alternative facts is over.”



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Trump Supporters Protest At Key Arizona Vote Counting Center As Biden’s Lead Erodes


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A group of pro-Trump demonstrators gathered in front of the Maricopa County Elections Department on Wednesday night and Thursday morning as the election workers counted a trove of outstanding ballots that will determine the results of the presidential race in Arizona.

Key Facts

Arizona has been gradually reporting votes since election night, cutting down Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s lead from 9 points when the race was called by Fox News (and later by AP) to just 2.8 points as of early Thursday morning, with the Trump campaign insisting it can still pull off a come-from behind victory in the critical state.

A large group of demonstrators, some carrying Trump flags and others armed with rifles, gathered outside the building where the votes are being counted in Arizona’s largest county to chant pro-Trump slogans, as well as “let us in” and “count the vote,” according to CNN and local news channel AZFamily.

Reporters were ejected from the building for safety reasons Thursday morning, according to CNN and NBC, as election workers continued to count ballots, protected by local police armed with riot gear, though the protest has not turned violent.

Furious at Fox News for calling the race for Biden, protesters turned on the normally Trump-friendly outlet and chanted “Fox News sucks!” 

Demonstrators promoted Sharpiegate, according to the local CBS affiliate, a debunked conspiracy theory spread online by right-wing activists claiming that officials were giving Trump supporters Sharpies to to fill out their ballots, which the conspiracy theorists asserted would invalidate their votes. 

Key Background

Similar protests sprung up in battleground states on Wednesday, including one in Detroit where, unlike in Arizona, demonstrators chanted “stop the count” as mail-in ballots there cut into President Trump’s lead and eventually handed the state to Biden. The protests have been stoked by Trump, who has repeatedly made false claims about mail-in ballots and sued to stop them from being counted in states where they skew heavily Democratic.

Crucial Quote

“Staff at the Maricopa County Elections Department will continue our job, which is to administer elections in the second largest voting jurisdiction in the country. We will release results again tonight as planned. We thank the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office for doing their job, so we can do ours,” Megan Gilbertson, a Maricopa County Elections Department spokeswoman, told Forbes in a statement. 

Big Number

550,000. That’s how many ballots NBC reports are still outstanding in Arizona, where Biden leads by just under 80,000 votes, according to the New York Times. Local Democrats are hopeful that, even though recent ballot dumps broke for Trump, the remaining ballots will be more favorable for Biden, with Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) tweeting “My district hasn’t reported yet. Looks likes Stanton barely did also. Lots of Dem ballots left.”





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US election 2020: If Biden wins Arizona and Georgia, history will judge it as a decisive victory | US News



We were told this election would take time to interpret and it has.

The red and blue mirages did come true.

But after an undulating election night, the dust has started to settle a little and at the time of writing, Joe Biden appears to have the political momentum needed to win.

As more mail-in votes have been counted, the Democrats closed and surpassed some vital Trump leads.

The so-called Blue Wall that crumbled in 2016 is now slipping out of Trump’s hands. Pennsylvania, with the most Electoral College votes in that industrial Midwest, is still within his reach, but it’s a heck of a tight race.

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He needs it to stay alive and his pride will find it deeply bruising to lose. As a sign of how dear it is to him, he’s already claimed victory without waiting for the actual count.

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But why wait, when you’ve got lawsuits. Mr. Trump appears to think he can win this race through the courts.

His team have launched three lawsuits in Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia, pushing either for recounts or to halt vote counting – suggesting to the Democratic Governors in this Great Lakes region that their system is fraudulent or inadequate is one thing.

But suggesting to the Ruby Red governors in Georgia and Arizona that they’re not doing it right will be harder to spin.

There’s a lot of unique aspects to this unprecedented race.

It’s taught us a couple of key things – the polling industry is probably dead, and lawyers are about to enjoy a gold rush.

But there’s also a good deal of nuance we should acknowledge too. Donald Trump, against the odds, expanded his vote share by more than three million people.

Millions of Americans watched what he did over the past four years and signed up for four more. That is surely all the proof we need that his presidency is not some historical aberration. What he represents is here to stay in whatever form that may manifest.

We’ve also learned that America cares about its political future – a huge turnout was proof of that.

Just pause for a minute to consider that Joe Biden has secured more votes than any Democratic candidate in US political history. He, like Trump defied some expectations… except when it comes to a landslide of course.

But after staring down the barrel of what at one stage started to look very 2016, he clawed it back with some healthy margins in key places (far more than Donald Trump did last cycle).

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He appears at this stage to have achieved in some cities like Detroit, the kind of enthusiasm among African-American voters that Obama did in 2012 and Hillary Clinton so critically failed to.

If he flips Arizona and Georgia, two Republican strongholds, history will judge it as a decisive victory – the product of a new America and the new demographics in those diverse states.

It may be just beyond him, but this year, something has started to shift. The country, though, still feels bitterly locked in its own division.

Even if Biden were to win, he’d likely lose the Senate. Without it, we can probably expect four years of ugly gridlock.



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Arizona AG investigates whether Sharpie users’ ballots were rejected in battleground state


The Republican Attorney General’s Office in Arizona is investigating complaints from some Maricopa County voters that their ballots may have been discarded because they were filled out with a Sharpie, a brand of permanent marker that President Trump is famous for using.

In a Wednesday letter from Deputy Solicitor General Michael S. Catlett to Scott Jarrett, the Maricopa County elections director, the prosecutor’s office requested information on the validity of ballots filled out with the markers by Thursday, Nov. 5.

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The discarding of such ballots would take on heightened importance in Arizona, a traditionally red state that Fox News called for Trump’s Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, placing him closer to the White House.

The president’s reelection campaign has maintained that Trump can win the state and called for heightened transparency into the counting of ballots there. Maricopa is the largest county in Arizona, home to the state capital of Phoenix and 62% of its 7.28 million residents.

“We have received hundreds of voter complaints regarding the use of Sharpie brand markers (‘Sharpies’) to fill out ballots on Election Day at voting centers in Maricopa County,” Catlett wrote. “Voters are concerned that the use of Sharpies may have caused ballots to be rejected, spoiled, or canceled.”

Catlett asked elections officials to answer by Thursday questions including at which voting centers Sharpies were made available, to what extent Sharpies were used over other types of markers or pens and how many ballots were rejected because the ink from a marker bled through to the reverse side of the ballot.

In her own statement on Twitter, Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs — whose office oversees elections statewide — assured Arizona’s in-person voters that their regular ballot would be counted no matter what kind of pen was used to fill it out.

“Voters who received an early ballot in the mail but chose to instead vote in-person will see their early ballot status as ‘Canceled’ on their Ballot-by-Mail/Early Ballot Status update,” she tweeted, providing the answer to a related query from Catlett. “This is because the early ballot is canceled so the ballot cast in-person can be counted.”

That doesn’t mean that an “in-person ballot you cast was not counted,” Hobbs added. “If you voted a provisional ballot, your ballot will be counted once the county confirms your registration status and that you did not cast another ballot.”

Despite a flood of social media posts on the rejection of Sharpie-completed ballots, Maricopa County officials said Wednesday on Twitter that the markers are “not a problem for our tabulation equipment, and the offset columns on ballots ensure that bleed-through won’t impact your vote.”

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The county’s elections department also shared an explanatory video on its account about the use of Sharpie pens just hours before polls closed on Tuesday.

According to the County Recorder and Elections Department’s website, a blue or black ballpoint pen or a Sharpie pen can be used to fill out a ballot.

Pens with red or similarly-colored ink should not have been used.

Maricopa County Elections Department spokesperson Erika Flores told Arizona Family that new equipment counts votes in such a way that bleed-throughs are not a problem.  

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“Voters at home may use ballpoint pens in black or blue ink or a Sharpie. Vote Centers use fine-tip Sharpies as they have the fastest-drying ink, therefore preventing smudges when put through the Vote Center tabulation equipment,” the Maricopa County Recorder’s “FAQ” page reads.





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Historic shift: Why Arizona flipped from red to blue



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A changing electorate in Arizona handed historic victories to Democrats in the former Republican stronghold, with Joe Biden becoming only the second Democratic presidential candidate since 1948 to win the state and retired astronaut Mark Kelly giving the party both Senate seats for the first time in nearly 70 years.

The extraordinary turn of events had been building for some time in a state long associated with late Sens. Barry Goldwater and John McCain, who were the Republican nominees for president in 1964 and 2008, respectively.

Democrats benefited from Arizona’s changing demographics, with more young people and Latinos registering to vote, an influx of new residents and unease among some suburban women about President Donald Trump.

Mr. Trump and his allies made an aggressive, but ultimately futile, push to hold on to Arizona, which he won by 3.5 percentage points in 2016.

In a narrowing presidential contest, Mr. Biden collected Arizona’s 11 electoral votes by winning over swing voters who split their tickets two years ago to elect a Republican governor and a Democrat to the U.S. Senate.

Meanwhile, Kelly beat Republican Sen. Martha McSally for the seat once held by Mr. McCain, a popular senator who often sparred with Mr. Trump. The senator’s wife, Cindy McCain, threw her support behind Mr. Biden, citing the president’s disparagement of her husband.

Ms. McSally was appointed to Mr. McCain’s seat following his death two years ago. She had lost in 2018 to Kyrsten Sinema, who became the first Democrat to win a U.S. Senate seat in Arizona in 30 years – a race that illustrated the changing nature of the state.

Arizona hasn’t had two Democratic senators since Earnest McFarland lost his reelection bid in 1952. Tuesday’s win by Mr. Kelly, who will join Ms. Sinema in Washington, could prove crucial in determining which party controls the Senate.

Mr. Kelly is perhaps best known in Arizona for being married to former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head in 2011 in an assassination attempt in Tucson.

Before the race was called, Mr. Kelly said he was “confident that when all the votes are counted, we’re going to be successful in this mission.”

The state was in play down the ballot, giving Democrats a realistic shot even at winning control of the state Legislature. Voters also approved an initiative allowing Arizona to join other states that have legalized recreational marijuana.

Arizona voters were in a negative mood as they chose their president, according to AP VoteCast, a survey of more than 132,000 voters and nonvoters nationwide conducted for The Associated Press by NORC at the University of Chicago. The survey shows that 61% of Arizona voters said the United States is on the wrong track, while 39% said it is headed in the right direction.

But they also were motivated. Election officials in Maricopa County, the state’s most populous, said multiple voting locations with people still in line when they were set to close at 7 p.m. remained open as required by state law.

Carla Retana, who turned 18 on Election Day, called it “amazing” to cast a ballot on her birthday.

She was with her cousin, Anthony Medina, who turned 18 four months ago. Registered independents, they both voted for Mr. Biden.

“Our current president has said so many bad things about Hispanic people, Black people, calling our current virus the ‘Chinese virus.’ I couldn’t really side with him,” Medina said.

Brandon Ross, 27, a financial adviser and Republican, said he voted for Mr. Trump as he did in 2016. He said he understands Mr. Trump’s demeanor rubs people the wrong way but said his policies on the economy and civil liberties are what matter.

“What he supports is by and large what I support,” Ross said.

Statewide participation was high, with nearly 62% of voters casting their ballots either by mail or in-person by Monday morning.

Speaking early Wednesday from the White House, Mr. Trump said many votes were outstanding and “there’s a possibility, maybe even a good possibility” that he could win despite the deficit.

Bill Clinton was the most recent Democratic presidential candidate to take Arizona, winning with 46% of the vote in 1996, helped by Ross Perot’s strong third-party bid. Before that, the last time Arizona selected a Democrat for president was in 1948 with Harry Truman.

The makeup of the state’s U.S. House delegation also had been on the line, with all nine incumbents facing challenges. But reelected were Republicans Debbie Lesko in the 8th Congressional District, Paul Gosar in the 4th District, and Andy Biggs in the 5th.

Democrats Ann Kirkpatrick in the 2nd District, Raul Grijalva in the 3rd, Ruben Gallego in the 7th, and Greg Stanton in the 9th kept their seats.

However, Republican Rep. David Schweikert, haunted by an ethics probe, was in a close race against Democrat Hiral Tipirneni in a district that has historically favored the GOP.

Republicans hoped to topple Democratic Rep. Tom O’Halleran in the 1st District.

This story was reported by The Associated Press. Associated Press writers Terry Tang, Bob Christie, Jacques Billeaud and Felicia Fonseca contributed to this report.



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Factbox: New Jersey, Arizona approve recreational marijuana, Florida raises minimum wage



FILE PHOTO: A voter casts her ballot on Election Day in Hoboken, New Jersey, U.S., November 3, 2020. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

November 4, 2020

By Peter Szekely and Sharon Bernstein

(Reuters) – Voters in New Jersey and Arizona legalized marijuana for recreational use on Tuesday, and in Oregon approved the country’s first therapeutic use for psilocybin, the hallucinogenic drug known as magic mushrooms.

The measures on drug use were among more than a hundred ballot questions put to voters on a range of topics including elections, abortion rights and taxes.

In all, at least 124 statutory and constitutional questions appeared on ballots this year in 32 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

Among the highlights: Colorado voters defeated a measure that would have banned late-term abortions, Florida approved a hike in the minimum wage and California exempted rideshare and delivery drivers from a state law that would have made them employees of companies such as Lyft and Uber, rather than independent contractors.

Here are some of the key results of this year’s ballot measures based on projections from the NCSL, Edison Research and state data:

MARIJUANA

Voters in New Jersey and Arizona approved measures to legalize marijuana for recreational use. South Dakota was poised to allow the drug for both medical and recreational use via a ballot measure that appeared headed to victory with 90 percent of precincts counted. A proposition legalizing medical marijuana also appeared headed for victory in Mississippi.

Since 1996, 33 other states and the District of Columbia have allowed medical marijuana, 11 had previously approved its recreational use and 16, including some medical marijuana states, have decriminalized simple possession, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

PSILOCYBIN, AKA MAGIC MUSHROOMSPsilocybin, a hallucinogen also known in its raw form as magic mushrooms, was approved by Oregon voters for therapeutic use for adults. Backers of the Psilocybin Services Act cited research showing benefits of the drug as a treatment for anxiety disorders and other mental health conditions. The measure will set a schedule to further consider the matter and create a regulatory structure for it.

In a related measure, Washington, D.C., voters approved Initiative 81, which directs police to rank “entheogenic plants and fungi,” including psilocybin and mescaline, among its lowest enforcement priorities.

MINIMUM WAGE Voters in Florida approved a measure to amend the state constitution to gradually increase its $8.56 per hour minimum wage to $15 by Sept. 30, 2026.

CALIFORNIA GIG WORKERS California voters approved a measure that would exempt ride-share and delivery drivers from a state law that makes them employees, not contractors, according to Edison Research. The measure, Proposition 22, is the first gig-economy question to go before statewide voters in a campaign. Backers, including Uber Technologies Inc and Lyft Inc, spent more than $190 million on their campaign, making the year’s costliest ballot measure, according to Ballotpedia. ABORTION Colorado voters rejected a measure to ban abortions, except those needed to save the life of the mother, after 22 weeks of pregnancy.

ELECTIONS

California approved a measure to restore the right to vote to parolees convicted of felonies.

(Reporting by Peter Szekely in New York and Sharon Bernstein in Sacramento; Editing by Lincoln Feast.)





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