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How the Nation's Most Dysfunctional State Government Blocked Medical Marijuana (And Campaign Finance Reform)

A contest between political factions produced disaster where progress should have happened.

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Meanwhile, Krueger and several other legislators are preparing legislation to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana sales. Medical-marijuana advocates say they’ll be back again next year.

“Awareness of the issue is growing,” says Netherland, and she doesn’t think the “compelling need can be ignored forever.” But until a law is passed, she adds, “there are going to be a lot of people suffering needlessly.”

Steven Wishnia is a New York-based journalist and musician. He is the author of the novel "When the Drumming Stops" (Manic D Press), "Exit 25 Utopia," and "The Cannabis Companion."

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