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Nine Signs That Pot Legalization Is Coming Soon

After years of a failed war on drugs, the tide has turned against pot prohibition

9 Signs of Legalization

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When even a federal judge appointed by Ronald Reagan calls the criminalization of marijuana "absurd," you know we've come a long way from "Just Say No." As many as three states could vote to legalize pot this November, and not just for medical purposes – for straight-up getting high purposes. There’s always the chance they'll chicken out, like California voters did in 2010. But sooner or later, and probably sooner, a state will go green. Read on for nine signs that pot legalization is coming to the U.S.

By Julian Brookes

Very serious people are calling for drug reform

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Very Serious People are calling for drug reform

Last year, the gold-plated Global Commission on Drug Policy, which includes several former Latin American presidents and big shots like former U.S. Secretary of State George Schultz former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker, called on governments to "break the taboo," and consider alternatives to the criminalization of drugs.

First–ever legalization bill has been introduced in Congress

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The first–ever legalization bill has been introduced in Congress

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) are pushing bipartisan legislation to end the federal ban on marijuana and let the states decide whether to legalize it.

Mainstream US pols are coming out against the “war on drugs” approach

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Mainstream politicians are coming out against the ‘war on drugs’ approach

Three states' governors – Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, Christine Gregoire of Washington and Pete Shumlin of Vermont – filed a petition with the federal government last year to reclassify marijuana to allow for medical use. This year, Chafee, a Republican, signed a law decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana.