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LEGALIZATION. The act of making lawful.
     2. By legalization, is also understood the act by which a judge or competent officer authenticates a record, or other matter, in order that the same may be lawfully read in evidence. Vide Authentication.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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While recreational legalization saw considerable advanced with this year's vote, medical legalization was a less predictable arena.
The changing composition of the House and the Senate today, and a new administration in 2016 could potentially shift these attitudes and bring federal enforcement to bear on state legalization efforts.
In fact, if marijuana legalization leads authorities to increase their enforcement efforts in other drug markets, then violence, corruption, and other ills due to prohibition may actually increase.