Colorado and Washington State Vote to Legalize Marijuana
Back on January 11, I wrote an article about the prospects for drug law reform this year which stated that “…2012 may have the potential to be a banner year for drug policy reform advocates.” Now, ten months later, it is a banner year for drug policy reform. In fact, this is the greatest year ever for drug law reform. Both Colorado and Washington have legalized marijuana, while Massachusetts has approved medical marijuana. Tangentially, Californians voted in favor of reforming the state’s Three Strikes law. While criminal justice and drug policy issues were basically ignored entirely during the campaign, tonight’s results show that federalism continues to be the vehicle for these issues which will ultimately result in long-term, lasting change.