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IPFS News Link • Voting and Elections

Altered Mindsets: Marijuana Is Making Its Mark on Ballots in Red States

•, By Justin Franz

Times have changed. Owner Erin Bolster no longer receives surprised or puzzled looks when she tells people what she does. Now, her business sponsors community events and was recently nominated as a top marijuana provider by a local newspaper.

"We've become a normal part of the community, and it feels good that the community has finally accepted us," Bolster said.

How far that acceptance goes will be tested when voters in Montana and a handful of other states this fall decide whether to legalize recreational or medical marijuana. Five of the six states with ballot questions lean conservative and are largely rural, and the results may signal how far America's heartland has come toward accepting the use of a substance that federal law still considers an illegal and dangerous drug.

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