The Future Of Legal Marijuana: Post-Election Outlook

Law360, New York (December 21, 2016, 3:20 PM EST) -- Richard L. Spees

Joshua R. Mandell Attitudes toward the legalization of marijuana — or cannabis as some prefer — have seen tremendous shifts within the past 20 years since California voters enacted the first state law permitting its medical use. Today, 29 states have legalized marijuana in some form, meaning nearly two-thirds of Americans live in states with access to legal marijuana.

Gallup polling data in 2016 show 60 percent of Americans favor some form of legalization from medical to adult recreational use, the highest level since it started polling about marijuana in 1969 when only 12 percent favored legalization. And...

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