House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently made history by endorsing California's Proposition 64 - a ballot initiative that will legalize recreational cannabis in the Golden State.
“I will vote for it, but I have not made a public statement about it until right this very second,” Pelosi told the Los Angeles Times last Friday.
The announcement makes Pelosi the highest ranking U.S. official to endorse legalization. Previously, that honour belonged to Vermont Senator - and former Democratic presidential candidate - Bernie Sanders, who introduced a legalization bill to Congress last November.
Before him, the top cannabis reformer in U.S. government was former New Mexico Governor - and current Libertarian presidential candidate - Gary Johnson, who first called on the feds to legalize cannabis over 15 years ago.
As the U.S. rep for California's 12th congressional district (San Francisco), she has the right to vote on Proposition 64, which is the biggest prize for cannabis activists in the 2016 election. In total, eight states will decide on legalizing marijuana tomorrow, with 5 voting on recreational and 3 voting on medical use. But the Golden State could have the biggest impact on the legalization movement across the country.
"California tends to be not just a cultural trend setter in this country but also a political trend setter," Paul Armentano - Deputy Director of NORML - told Civilized. "So it's certainly plausible that a significant win in California will have ripple effects across the United States."
So Pelosi's endorsement of California's Proposition 64 could help the country take another step toward repealing marijuana prohibition in America.
This isn't the first time Pelosi has made history in her political career. In 2010, she became the first female Speaker of the House. That position also made her the highest ranking female politician in American history. But that could change on Tuesday if Hillary Clinton wins the presidential election.
If Pelosi still held that position, she'd be well-positioned to make legalization a reality. As it stands, the Republicans control the House and likely still will after Tuesday's election.
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