Many advocates see California as the vanguard of legalization efforts for the entire country, if not internationally. “This represents a monumental victory for the marijuana reform movement,” Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, said in a statement. “With California’s leadership now, the end of marijuana prohibition nationally, and even internationally, is fast approaching.”
Additionally, Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota all approved medical marijuana initiatives, while voters in Montana approved an initiative that will allow medical marijuana to be prescribed to those afflicted with PTSD and other chronic pain issues.
But, for reformers, the glaring caveat exists with the forthcoming presidency of Donald Trump, and whether his Republican administration would impede progress made on the state-level. “The prospect of Rudy Giuliani or Chris Christie as attorney general does not bode well,” Nadelmann told the Post in an interview. There are various ways in which a hostile White House could trip things up.”