(Image source: WTVR

BY NICHOLE CARTMELL

ANCHOR LOGAN TITTLE

Tuesday night’s election will go down in history... but not just the presidential race. Several states are now complicating the war on drugs. Here’s WTWC with the details.

“Colorado approved allowing adults to possess small amounts of marijuana... In Oregon people voted strongly against legalizing marijuana. While in Washington state voters strongly approved the legal use of pot.”

CNN reports -- this means Washington and Colorado can now regulate, control and tax the use of recreational marijuana.

And other states like Massachusetts will now allow the use of the drug for medical purposes, while people in Montana voted for a ban on medicinal marijuana... But the federal government still considers the drug to be illegal, which could cause conflict in the future.

“States have enormous power over their own state alcohol laws. But drugs have always been... the province of the federal government to regulate what drugs are legal and illegal.”

Support for use of the drug has grown nationwide over the past six years. In 2006, Gallup polling found 31 percent of Americans were in favor of legalizing marijuana use and 60 percent opposed. By late 2011, a record 50 percent of Americans said the use of marijuana should be made legal, up from 46 percent the year before.

USA Today’s editorial board explains these ballot measures will likely represent the beginning of the end of marijuana prohibition in this country.

“They know that legalizing marijuana will deprive criminal organizations in Mexico and this country of profits and power, and enable police and prosecutors to focus resources on serious crimes. They are convinced that arresting 750,000 people each year for possessing a small amount of marijuana is costly, cruel and unjust. And they rightfully believe that young people will fare better with responsible regulations rather than ineffective prohibitions.”

The Guardian reports Colorado’s governor, John Hickenlooper is warning people of the uphill battle yet to come. He says don't break out the Cheetos or goldfish too quickly.
 

Colorado, Washington Legalize Recreational Marijuana Use

by Nichole Cartmell
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Nov 7, 2012

Colorado, Washington Legalize Recreational Marijuana Use

(Image source: WTVR

BY NICHOLE CARTMELL

ANCHOR LOGAN TITTLE

Tuesday night’s election will go down in history... but not just the presidential race. Several states are now complicating the war on drugs. Here’s WTWC with the details.

“Colorado approved allowing adults to possess small amounts of marijuana... In Oregon people voted strongly against legalizing marijuana. While in Washington state voters strongly approved the legal use of pot.”

CNN reports -- this means Washington and Colorado can now regulate, control and tax the use of recreational marijuana.

And other states like Massachusetts will now allow the use of the drug for medical purposes, while people in Montana voted for a ban on medicinal marijuana... But the federal government still considers the drug to be illegal, which could cause conflict in the future.

“States have enormous power over their own state alcohol laws. But drugs have always been... the province of the federal government to regulate what drugs are legal and illegal.”

Support for use of the drug has grown nationwide over the past six years. In 2006, Gallup polling found 31 percent of Americans were in favor of legalizing marijuana use and 60 percent opposed. By late 2011, a record 50 percent of Americans said the use of marijuana should be made legal, up from 46 percent the year before.

USA Today’s editorial board explains these ballot measures will likely represent the beginning of the end of marijuana prohibition in this country.

“They know that legalizing marijuana will deprive criminal organizations in Mexico and this country of profits and power, and enable police and prosecutors to focus resources on serious crimes. They are convinced that arresting 750,000 people each year for possessing a small amount of marijuana is costly, cruel and unjust. And they rightfully believe that young people will fare better with responsible regulations rather than ineffective prohibitions.”

The Guardian reports Colorado’s governor, John Hickenlooper is warning people of the uphill battle yet to come. He says don't break out the Cheetos or goldfish too quickly.
 

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