Legal marijuana gets major test in Oregon, Alaska, and D.C. ballots

Canvasser leaves campaign literature to drum up support for Oregon's Measure 91, which would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Portland, OregonBallot measures in Oregon and Alaska would set up a network of regulated pot shops, similar to those already operating in Colorado and Washington state after twin landmark votes in 2012. The referendums come amid rapid shifts in Americans’ opinions on marijuana in recent years that have seen efforts to legalize cannabis creep closer toward the mainstream and brought about sweeping pot policy changes in states and cities, where the drug remains illegal under federal law. “Win or lose, we expect to see more support and more dialogue about the issue than ever,” said Mason Tvert, a spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, which is working on legalization measures in California and other states for 2016.

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