Measures to legalize recreational marijuana will be on the ballot next week in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C. The votes come two years after recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado and Washington state.
Conservative opposition to legalization has eroded, The New York Times reports. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is among those supporting decriminalization of marijuana, the article notes. Democrats are less concerned about being labeled soft on crime if they support legalization, now that it is increasingly being seen as a way to reduce prison overcrowding and law enforcement budgets.