The legal marijuana middle ground: Column

From USA Today:

As of last week, voters in California and seven other states have passed ballot initiatives to allow for-profit companies to produce, distribute and sell non-medical marijuana. With more than 65 million peopleliving in states that have passed marijuana legalization, and a Gallup poll showing that 60% of the country supports legalizing marijuana use, national legalization may seem inevitable.

As goes California, so goes the nation, right?

Not necessarily.

Consider what happened with medical marijuana. California was the first state to allow medical marijuana, starting nearly 20 years ago. Its approach was extremely loose — over time it became easy for essentially any adult to obtain a medical recommendation, and dispensaries abounded.

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