Alaska, Oregon, and D.C. Approved Pot Legalization. Are We In the Final Days of Marijuana Prohibition?

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With voters approving marijuana legalization in Alaska, Oregon, and D.C. this week, is the end of pot prohibition nigh? A variety of folks from the legalization movement were feeling mighty optimistic about it as far back as 2012. Check out the above video, featuring travel author and TV host Rick Steves, among others, touting a bright future for marijuana in America.

The story was originally published on Oct 18, 2012. The original text is below:

"There' a rising tide of acceptance of the fact that people are going to smoke marijuana, and it's like the prohibition against alcohol in the 1930s. There's a recognition that perhaps the laws are causing more harm than the drugs themselves," says Rick Steves, author and travel host.

Steves and others attended "The Final Days of Prohibition" conference in downtown Los Angeles in early October. The conference was put on by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), and Reason TV was on the scene to ask about the future of marijuana laws in the U.S., particularly in the upcoming election where the states of Oregon, Washington, and Colorado all have marijuana legalization initiatives on the ballot.

About 3 minutes.

Produced by Paul Feine and Zach Weissmueller. Edited by Weissmueller.

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