The United States is currently sitting at a crossroads in regard to drug policy.
Historically, the movement to liberalize marijuana policies has focused on lobbying policymakers at the state and federal level. After years of failing to change policy by pressuring lawmakers, the monied interests behind legalization efforts shifted tactics to mobilize behind petition-driven ballot initiatives.
In 2012, Colorado and Washington State became the first states to “legalize” the recreational use of marijuana after massive amounts of money were spent to pitch the proposals to the general public.1 In the years since, a total of eleven states have “legalized” the recreational use of the drug, with all but one taking the additional step in allowing for its commercial sale.
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