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Marijuana Legalization: A Year in Review & A Look Ahead

REUTERS/Andres Staff-Marijuana activist and home grower Juan Vaz waters his indoor marijuana cultivation in Montevideo, December 6, 2013. Uruguay's senate will vote on December 10 to create a government body to control the cultivation and sale of marijuana and allow residents to grow it at home or as part of smoking clubs. The use of marijuana is already legal in the South American nation, but sale and cultivation is not. The Senate is expected to vote on the measure, which is backed by leftist President Jose Mujica. Picture taken December 6, 2013.

It has been a big year for the marijuana movement, as Colorado and Washington prepared for legalization to take effect in 2014. Legalization advocates have seen tremendous success both at the ballot box and in public opinion. In a recent op-ed for CNN, I review some of those successes from 2013 and previews what the next year will hold for marijuana legalization.

The successes in the movement will generate greater enthusiasm and build more influential interest groups. However, the experience of legalization in Colorado and Washington will likely influence the future of the movement in dramatic ways.

Click through to read my CNN op-ed “2014, a make or break year for legal pot.”

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