Pot legalization push approaches critical mass in states

More than half the states are weighing proposals to decriminalize marijuana, ushering in a critical moment in the debate over whether the drug should legal, The New York Times reports.

The action is taking place in red and blue states alike, and legalization proponents are resolved to take advantage of their newfound traction, according to the newspaper.

“Advocates of more lenient marijuana laws say they intend to maintain the momentum from their successes, heartened by national and statewide polls showing greater public acceptance of legalizing marijuana, President Obama’s recent musings on the discriminatory effect of marijuana prosecutions and the release of guidelines by his Treasury Department intended to make it easier for banks to do business with legal marijuana businesses,” the paper’s Rick Lyman writes.

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