Strategy, timing key to states' pot legalization

Associated Press
Strategy, timing key to states' pot legalization

In this Monday, Nov. 26, 2012 photo, travel guide author and marijuana legalization supporter Rick Steves holds a campaign sign in his office in Edmonds, Wash next to a door covered with marijuana leaf-shaped notes from his staff congratulating him on the passage of a referendum legalizing marijuana in the state. In the late-1980s heyday of the "Just Say No" campaign, a man calling himself “Jerry” appeared on a Seattle radio station’s midday talk show, using a pseudonym because he was a businessman, afraid of what his customers would think if they heard him criticizing U.S. marijuana laws. A quarter century later, "Jerry" had no problem using his real name - Rick Steves - as one of the main forces behind Washington’s successful ballot measure to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana for adults over 21. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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