A Politifact article describes the changed American voter sentiment toward marijuana legalization. “About two in three Americans now favor marijuana legalization, a record-high measure of public support for a drug the federal government still puts in the same category as LSD and heroin.” Charts show that the number of Americans favoring legality began changing around 2012 (thanks to Obama?? “I smoked pot as a kid” ) and the number has been climbing ever since.
A law professor named Daniel Medwed (could he have a more appropriate name?) was quoted in the article; “”Marijuana is often seen as a more benign, less addictive pain relief alternative to opioids,”
And if you want to know what your friendly state legislators have been up to, take a look at the smoke-and-mirrors plot of what they are charging you in taxes.