12/06/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

How California Is Leading The Pot Legalization Movement

The cult movie Reefer Madness, released in 1938, warned of the horrors of marijuana -- or, as a movie poster put it, "the torturer that never stops." The film was an extreme portrait, full of death and rape and depravity, but it was only an exaggerated version of the real fears America long had about marijuana. Yet in recent years, as medical use of marijuana has gained acceptance and the backing of the law, that century-old national consensus has slowly broken down. And now, this election season, it could completely shatter, starting in California.

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