For 20 years now, political pundits have been talking about, and obsessing over “soccer moms.” This year, they could be the key legalizing marijuana for recreational use.
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Six years after a similar initiative was rejected, a clear majority of California voters supports a measure on the November ballot that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in their state, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.
An amendment protecting state medical marijuana programs from federal meddling passed the Senate Appropriations Committee by a vote of 21-9. Of those 9 “nays,” only one was from a Democrat—U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein from California. The Drug Policy Alliance hopes to sway the legislator’s opinion.
In 1996, California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana. Eighteen years later, more than 20 other states have followed suit, with many modeling their medical marijuana laws after California’s system. With lax marijuana enforcement and a seemingly left of center government, it was widely assumed that if any state in the union legalized recreational cannabis it would be California.