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I am an IELTS test-taker. I am fond of using procon.org as English study material. Anyway I have a question about a sentence on the website.

Medical marijuana is a front for drug legalization and recreational use.

I do not fully understand this sentence. As I understood, it looks like "Medical marijuana is regarded as a first try to be drug legalization and tecreational ise". Am I right? Thanks for replyers.

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if thing A is a "front for" thing B, then thing A is acting as a disguise for thing B. The author of the sentence is suggesting that people or organisations promoting medical marijuana are often promoting the legalization and recreational use of marijuana.

front
noun
(APPEARANCE)

​ the character or qualities that a person or organization appears to have in public that are different from their real character or qualities, and whose purpose is often to deceive people or hide an illegal activity:

Don't be fooled by his kindness and sensitivity - it's just a front.

She presents such a cheerful front that you'd never guess she's ill.

The machinery company was a front operation for arms smuggling.

Several trading companies were set up in the early 1960s to act as fronts for money-laundering operations.

Front (Cambridge Dictionary)

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