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Fourth, California set previous political trends, including the legalization of medical marijuana in 1996. Journalist Madison Margolin, contributing to the , said, "The Golden State is also known as a trendsetter with the power to break down stereotypes. Having pioneered medical marijuana in 1996, California is a leading exporter of cannabis policy and culture. If California legalizes, the way it goes about doing so will set a standard going forward for other local and national governments to follow." Former and in 2016, , said legalization in California would encourage other states to follow. He stated, "I do believe that California is going to vote to legalize marijuana recreationally, and I do see this as the absolute tipping point. I think when California does it in November, you will have 20 state legislatures, overnight, legislate it."
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Fifth, the previous four factors would increase the . According to Professor Sam Kamin, marijuana initiatives "will create an irresolvable tension with the continuing federal prohibition and will, I believe, spur elected leaders into action." Likewise, Lynne Lyman, California director at the Drug Policy Alliance, said, "With California and some other, smaller states legalizing it in 2016, the federal government will be forced to reckon with this. We’re hoping that this leads to the end of marijuana prohibition nationally."
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions, however, opposes marijuana legalization at the federal level. Earlier this month, he that directed the Justice Department to keep its hands off legal cannabis businesses.
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A bill introduced by Rohrabacher that already has 39 cosponsors, including many Republicans, would prevent the federal government from prosecuting cannabis businesses and consumers who comply with state law, but it does not go as far as federal legalization.
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In California, the possession or use of marijuana for recreational purposes was illegal going into the election. The passage of in legalized medical marijuana. Although the under did not prosecute most individuals and businesses following state and local marijuana laws, both medical and recreational marijuana were illegal under federal law in 2016. Proposition 64 made recreational marijuana legal in California state law.