Can You Guess What People Googled The Most On Election Night?

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Amid a tight race between President Trump and Joe Biden, Americans have turned to the internet to find solace in search for comfort food and alcohol to help cope with election stress. Google Trends, the analytics arm of Google Search, announced on twitter that the top all-time “near me” queries were for fries and liquor stores.

And in turn, as more states legalized marijuana, the search for answers about that rose as well. Tuesday night, New Jersey, South Dakota, Montana, and Arizona legalized marijuana for recreational purposes. Meanwhile, Mississippi approved access to medical cannabis.

The support from both Democrats and Republicans has some wondering if the Carolinas could be next. WCCB spoke with Marijuana Policy Project Executive Director Steven Hawkins. Hawkins says, “Now the legislature has to implement legislation to both tax and regulate cannabis within these state jurisdictions.” He also says, “We will see I think movement in South Carolina this year and I’m hoping that we will also see the beginnings of a concerted effort in North Carolina as well.”

As of now, only hemp production and CBD sales are legal in North and South Carolina. 15 states have either enacted or have voted to enact adult-use legalization laws, while 36 states have either enacted or have voted to enact medical marijuana access laws.

This episode’s panel features:
WCCB TV’s Morgan Fogarty
WCCB News @ Ten anchor Drew Bollea
WCCB News Edge contributor Ashley Anderson