Two social movements have undergone a rapid transformation in the past decade, not to mention the last two or three years -- marriage equality and reforming the War on Drugs. Support for marijuana legalization, in particular, has strong momentum in public opinion polls. In fact, marijuana legalization reached a milestone yesterday as a Pew Research Poll found that a majority now support it for the first time.
Ethan Nadelmann, founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, sees a useful analogy between these two movements. Opinions have changed as gay people and marijuana users alike have become normalized in the world of public media and entertainment, as well as in our personal lives. And yet, as much as these issues are similar, there are key differences that Nadelmann outlines, differences that will determine the future of the marijuana reform movement.