“Marijuana legalization measures are appearing in front of voters at the highest level in history, with more initiatives to legalize medical or recreational cannabis making state ballots in the past five years than in the entire previous decade.
Since 2010, 14 state-level legalization measures have been put before voters, including five tied to recreational marijuana (one of them in Washington DC). Seven of those measures were approved by voters.
That compares to the 12 marijuana-related legalization measures that made state ballots – five of which passed – from 2000 to 2009, according to an analysis of legalization attempts via ballot measures across the country.
The recent momentum will likely spill over into 2016, which could be a record-breaker for the industry in terms of legalization. Advocates in many states are trying to get recreational cannabis measures on the ballot, and odds are good that Florida will legalize medical cannabis next fall.”
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