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  • Marijuana legalization won’t spread to Illinois anytime soon, but advocates remain optimistic.

One of the most revealing statements about Tuesday’s election results came from Colorado governor John Hickenlooper:

“The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will. This will be a complicated process, but we intend to follow through. That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug so don’t break out the Cheetos or Goldfish too quickly.”

Let’s face it Hickenlooper could have been talking about any number of races whose outcomes inspired supporters to celebrate, or console themselves, with a puff or two. But in this case he was reacting to the passage of Colorado Amendment 64, a ballot initiative that legalizes the use and regulated sale of marijuana.

It wasn’t the only victory for advocates of reforming drug policies.