More States Are Legalizing Marijuana

Washington, D.C., saw marijuana legalization win by a wide margin. But a provision buried in the $1.1 trillion “Cromnibus” budget bill prohibits D.C. from using federal money “to implement any law or regulation that repeals or reduces marijuana-related penalties.” D.C. laws are subject, under the U.S. Constitution, to final approval by Congress.

In Alaska, decades of debate ended in a victory for legalizing recreational weed in the state. The new law’s language is similar to that of Colorado, but the rollout of the licensed pot shops is slower and is expected to take about two years. Oregon was one of the first states to have passed a medical marijuana after California, but failed to legalize cannabis in 2010.

This year the vote was reversed and legalization sailed through.

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