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Legalize It! Historic Night for Marijuana Reform as Colorado and Washington Take the Big Step

Massachusetts joins the drug reform current sweeping the nation.

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The victory of Proposition 215 in California in 1996, the nation’s first successful medical-marijuana initiative, showed that a “fringe” movement could win an election in a major state, he says. “What we showed tonight was that we could win even bigger.”

The other five states that passed medical-marijuana initiatives before 2001—California, Oregon, Alaska, Maine, and Nevada—are possible next targets, he says. California would be the biggest prize, but it’s also the most expensive place to mount a campaign.

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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