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Marijuana Votes 2012 - Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Massachusetts and Arkansas to the Polls

By Staff
Nov 7, 2012
Estimates show pot taxes could bring in hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

Votes on the legalization of marijuana in some form were on ballots in six states on November 6, 2012.

Colorado and Washington voted to legalize up to one ounce of marijuana for personal use for adults 21 and over, both measures passed and will soon be law in each respective state.

In Massachusetts, voters approved a measure to allow marijuana use for medical reasons, joining 17 other states who allow that in some form.

However, in Oregon, a marijuana-legalization measure was defeated.

Arkansas voters rejected a medical marijuana measure.

High times and Colorado tourism?

Colorado's Amendment 64 allow adults over 21 to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, but you can't smoke in public.

In your home - the amendment would allow people to grow up to six marijuana plants in a private, secure area.

Colorado's governor John Hickenlooper, a Democrat is bitter and not happy the law passed.

He did try some humor in retort, though.

"Federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug, so don't break out the Cheetos or Goldfish too quickly," he said.

The U.S. Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration still considers pot an illegal drug, and it is not clear how they will handle the two states' new laws.

Tax Boom?

Colorado's governor may change his tune when the tax dollars start rolling into the state treasury.

Estimates show pot taxes could bring in hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

In Washington state, the law establishes a system of state-licensed marijuana growers, processors and stores, where adults can buy up to an ounce of pot.

A standard blood test limit for driving under the influence is also established.


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