"It's really showing the kind of breadth of acceptance that we're seeing around the country with respect to cannabis," said Steven Hawkins, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, an advocacy group that works with many of the ballot initiatives.
"There’s going to be a very strong push for federal reform regardless of what happens with the ballot initiatives, or the presidency, or the Senate, or the House. We have an absurd situation where we have this glaring conflict between state and federal law, and it gets increasingly untenable every year," said Matthew Schweich, MPP's deputy director.
"Change doesn’t come from Washington, but to Washington. States are sending a clear message to the federal government that their constituencies want to see cannabis legalization," said Steve Hawkins, MPP's executive director.
"Most lawmakers are going to respond for their constituents. That’s why the work [we do] around changing laws at the state level is really part and parcel of how we will win at the federal level. Every state that passes adult use means you’re going to gain members of Congress, you’re going to gain two U.S. senators. Even if they don’t become champions, they’re not going to vote no for something their constituents have come to embrace," said Steven Hawkins, MPP's executive director.