Thursday, November 8th 2012 - 07:17 UTC

Making marihuana legal voted in Colorado and Washington, defying federal law

Colorado and Washington became the first US states to legalize the possession and sale of marijuana for recreational use in defiance of federal law, setting the stage for a possible showdown with the Obama administration.

Cannabis controversy promises an interesting battleground and legal debate

But another ballot measure to remove criminal penalties for personal possession and cultivation of recreational cannabis was defeated in Oregon, where significantly less money and campaign organization was devoted to the cause.

Supporters of a Colorado constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana were the first to declare victory, and opponents conceded defeat, after returns showed the measure garnering nearly 53% of the vote versus 47% against.

“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 Colorado pro-legalization campaign.

The Drug Policy Alliance, a national advocacy group that backed the initiatives, said the outcome in Washington and Colorado reflected growing national support for liberalized pot laws, citing a Gallup poll last year that found 50% of Americans favoured making it legal, versus 46% opposed.

Supporters of Washington state' pot legalization initiative declared victory after the Seattle Times and other media projected a win for marijuana proponents.

Early returns showed pro-legalization votes led with 55% versus to 44% opposed with about 60% of ballots tallied in the state's all-mail-in election system.

The outcomes in Colorado and Washington, which already have laws on the books legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, put both states in further conflict with the federal government, which classifies cannabis as an illegal narcotic.

The U.S. Department of Justice reacted to the measure's passage in Colorado by saying its enforcement policies remain unchanged, adding: “We are reviewing the ballot initiative and have no additional comment at this time.”

Separately, medical marijuana measures were on the ballot in three other states, including Massachusetts, where CNN reported that voters approved an initiative to allow cannabis for medicinal reasons.

Supporters there issued a statement declaring victory for what they described as “the safest medical marijuana law in the country.” Seventeen other states, plus the District of Columbia, already have medical marijuana laws on their books.

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1 Ayayay (#) Nov 08th, 2012 - 05:18 pm Report abuse
Lol, makes it sound like Arg with the “showdown”. decriminalization and medical marijuana are already in a bunch of countys and states. And Barry is known for having indulged in school.

2 ProRG_American (#) Nov 08th, 2012 - 10:38 pm Report abuse
Make way for Brit participants running all over each other just to move there. LOL!!!!!!
3 Wireless (#) Nov 09th, 2012 - 12:06 am Report abuse
I wouldn't live in the US if you paid me to, imagine, everyone carrying a handgun, and getting high on alcohol AND pot, its a recipe for disaster.
4 British_Kirchnerist (#) Nov 09th, 2012 - 01:10 am Report abuse
Interesting, suppose theuy've caught up with Pepe's Uruguay in those states...
5 Captain Poppy (#) Nov 09th, 2012 - 04:01 pm Report abuse
Isn't it Senator fernandez.....that cowboy with the overgrown mustache in the RG senate the bigest drug dealer in SA? Is he lobbying in the USA?

#3 titti boi you're not welcome in the USA're on the TSA roll a bone and chill're from SA some it's herione of coke for the choice
6 Zethee (#) Nov 10th, 2012 - 12:29 am Report abuse
No matter what anyone says, i've seen first hand what heavy smoking can do to a person. This drug is far, far from not dangerous. Then again not nearly as lethal as tobacco or booze, i do not think we should be allowing more drugs, we should be putting stop to more of them.
7 Captain Poppy (#) Nov 10th, 2012 - 03:13 am Report abuse
right cigarette and whiskey is safe and pot is so dangerous.
8 DavianIgllooe (#) Nov 10th, 2012 - 05:21 am Report abuse
Contrary to public opinion, Washington states and Colorado did not legalize cannabis. As the substance is still regulated, voters in those states really passed weed decriminalization laws. Semantics aside, those states are ready to enjoy financial benefits of doing this, not least of which being million in tax revenue. Read more here
9 Zethee (#) Nov 10th, 2012 - 09:57 am Report abuse
“right cigarette and whiskey is safe and pot is so dangerous.”

If you are replying to me i recall saying that both tobacco and drink are far worse.

There are drugs that are far less dangerous than even tobacco that will never be legalized because these laws are more about perception than the effects they have on people.

Ecstasy is not dangerous in any way and it is nigh impossible to form a dangerous habit on the drug because when one takes too much, it uses all of the chemical in your brain that it produces and simply stops working.

But again, is making more drugs legal really the way to go? Possibly. It worked very well in Amsterdam. They have heavily leaned on drinkers and promoted other drugs and as a result they have very little crime and a very mature population.

I don't know how this would work in a nation of a few hundred million.
10 Captain Poppy (#) Nov 10th, 2012 - 02:39 pm Report abuse
Just pot........every been along the Mexican/USA border?

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