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Washington and Colorado Legalize Marijuana for Recreational Use

Supporters: Victories mark 'historic significance'


Washington's voters approved a measure to legalize recreational use of marijuana, setting up a showdown with the federal government, which outlaws the drug, AP reported.

While pot taxes could bring in millions of dollars in revenue each year, sales won't technically start until legislature to govern the legal weed industry is implemented.

“The victories in Colorado and Washington are of historic significance not just for Americans but for all countries debating the future of marijuana prohibition in their own countries,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, in an emailed statement. “This is now a mainstream issue, with citizens more or less divided on the issue but increasingly inclined to favor responsible regulation of marijuana over costly and ineffective prohibitionist policies.”