Pot-legalization movement seeks first foothold in New England

BOSTON (AP) – After proving they can win in the West, advocates for recreational marijuana hope the Nov. 8 election brings their first significant electoral victories in the densely populated Northeast.

Voters in Massachusetts and Maine will consider making pot legal for all adults.

Supporters believe “yes” votes in New England would add encourage other East Coast states to move in the same direction and perhaps build momentum toward ending federal prohibitions on the drug.

Three other states – California, Arizona and Nevada – are also voting on recreational pot. If the California initiative passes, marijuana will be legal along the entire West Coast.

Several Eastern states are among the 25 that already allow some form of medicinal marijuana, but none in the region has approved recreational pot.

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