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Guam's medical marijuana initiative is headed for victory, making it the first U.S. territory to approve such a law. The polls there closed more than 18 hours ago, and with 56 of 58 precincts reporting the initiative shows 56% support.
"That’s great news, and a positive omen, for marijuana reform efforts across the country," said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance. "Guam is quite conservative politically, and home to a significant U.S. military presence, so this resounding victory is a confirmation of medical marijuana's broad support across the political spectrum."
Today, voters across the country will have a chance to accelerate the unprecedented momentum to legalize marijuana and end the wider drug war. Voter initiatives – primarily reforming marijuana laws – appear on the ballot in seven states, at least 17 municipalities, and one U.S. territory.
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