An election result that is clear: The US continues its march towards the full legalization of cannabis

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It was a clean sweep: The legalization of cannabis was on the ballot yesterday in 5 states and the measure passed in all of them. Montana, Arizona, and New Jersey approved recreational use (medical use was already legal); Mississippi approved medical use, and South Dakota approved both.

That will up the nationwide total to 35 medical use and 15 recreational use states – yet just ten years ago, cannabis was illegal across the country.

Notice the bipartisan consensus: Montana, Mississippi, and South Dakota voted Republican, Arizona’s still up for grabs but leaning Democrat, and they won New Jersey.

Why does this matter? Harvard’s Peter Grinspoon and the Doctors For Cannabis Regulation weigh in:

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