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Legalization in Massachusetts: Success of an Initiative Despite Conservative Forces

Legalization in Massachusetts: Success of an Initiative Despite Conservative Forces

Alongside much less populous Maine (who voted for legalization the same day) Massachusetts is also the first state east of the Mississippi to legalize cannabis (Washington DC being not quite a state and not quite having full legalization). While it has admittedly come a long way from its Puritan roots, in many ways Massachusetts is a bastion of east coast traditionalism, sandwiched between places like Connecticut and New Hampshire. While California’s legalization was in many ways only a matter of time, the Massachusetts vote came as a shock to a lot of people. It appears that the current tide of legalization has spread far beyond its western birthplace. How exactly did this happen?