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Colorado, Washington legalize pot for adult recreational use | Washington Times – the Conservative Top 10

Colorado, Washington legalize pot for adult recreational use | Washington Times

DENVER — Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use, setting up a showdown with federal authorities over the enforcement of national drug laws.

With 63 percent of the vote counted, Colorado’s Amendment 64 was leading by a margin of 54 to 46 percent. Washington’s Initiative 502 was declared victorious shortly after the polls closed, while a third legalization measure in Oregon appeared poised to go down to defeat.

Supporters of marijuana legalization were jubilant over the vote, declaring that Colorado and Washington voters had taken the first steps toward ending the criminalization of a product they describe as less harmful than alcohol.

“Colorado will no longer have laws that steer people toward using alcohol, and adults will be free to use marijuana instead, if that is what they prefer. And we will be better off as a society because of it,” said Mason Tvert, co-director of the Yes on 64 campaign.

Opponents, meanwhile, said they feared the vote would lure drug cartels to their states and result in an increase in youth drug abuse.

Read more: ELECTION 2012: Colorado, Washington legalize pot for adult recreational use – Washington Times http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/nov/6/three-states-poised-to-legalize-pot/#ixzz2BZIQexRB

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