This November, five US states will vote on whether to legalize cannabis, either recreationally or for medicinal purposes. So anybody who tells you voting never changed anything can put that in their pipe and smoke it.

In fact, without the initiative process we may never have legalized cannabis anywhere. Just look at New Jersey, where Gov. Phil Murphy was elected in 2017 on a campaign promise to enact cannabis legalization during his first 100 days in office. Three years later, he’s given up on the state legislature and turned the decision over to voters.

Polls show legalization has wide support in New Jersey, and the ballot question in November is very likely to pass.

But then why didn’t Murphy get his way?

Simple—because America’s lawmakers…

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