More than half of all state legislatures considered legislation in 2019 to legalize the possession or use of marijuana, a new record that illustrates a normalization of an issue that lawmakers once saw as a third rail.

Only a few states actually passed legislation dealing with marijuana this year, and just one — Illinois — legalized its recreational use among adults.

But backers of legal marijuana point to the broad debate itself as evidence that a once-niche issue has gone mainstream.

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Reid Wilson ~ TheHill.com

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