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Noah Smith

It's Up to Republicans to Legalize Marijuana

The public supports decriminalizing, which might help fight the opioid epidemic.
Mostly cloudy.

Mostly cloudy.

Photographer: David Kawai/Bloomberg

If only Nixon could go to China, as the saying goes, then maybe only Republicans can legalize weed.

Marijuana has now been legalized for medical use in many states -- only Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota still prohibit use in any form. Nine states allow recreational marijuana use, and 13 others have decriminalized recreational use to some extent. Meanwhile, public support for legalizing the drug continues to grow, and is now firmly in majority territory: