In the last four months, five states have legalized recreational marijuana, meaning now 30% of the country allows its adult residents to possess and use cannabis.

At least two more states are poised to be added to that list following the passage of cannabis legalization bills this year.

Marijuana policy experts and advocates say this national trend is indicative of a shift in Americans’ perspectives on marijuana.

Arguments from elected officials and voters that centered around perceived dangers of marijuana substance abuse or a rise in criminal activities have quelled as evidence has grown to show there are economic, social and health benefits from a state regulated cannabis industry, according to Mason Marks, a law professor at Gonzaga University and a fellow-in-residence at Harvard Law School’s…

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