Voters in several states on Tuesday dealt blows to the United States’ decades-long drug war, passing measures to legalize marijuana for recreational use, decriminalize possession of it and shorten the time nonviolent drug offenders spend behind bars.
Despite the changes, marijuana is still classified as a Schedule I substance by the federal government, along with heroin and LSD.
“Now that it’s been shown that putting marijuana legalization on the ballot can succeed even in midterms, we can expect to see a huge surge of additional states voting to end prohibition during the 2016 presidential election,” said Tom Angell, the chairman of Marijuana Majority. “And because the issue has been proven to be mainstream as far as voters are concerned, we may even see lawmakers in several states jumping ahead to legalize marijuana legislatively in the meantime.”
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