Colorado and Washington Get High
States pass marijuana legalization initiatives
By Jordan Smith, 12:02AM, Wed. Nov. 7, 2012
Bang a couple nails in the coffin of pot prohibition: On Nov. 6, voters in Colorado and Washington voted to legalize, tax, and regulate pot, the first two states to do so since pot was effectively outlawed in 1937.
In Colorado, with nearly 2 million votes counted, Amendment 64 supporters called victory with just over 53% of the vote in favor of the measure that would legalize, tax and regulate the recreational use of marijuana by adults. In Washington support for Initiative Measure No. 502 – commonly, I-502 – sailed to victory with nearly 56% of the vote.
Things did not go as well in Oregon, where Measure 80, also a tax-and-regulate measure, tanked with just 44% in favor.
What's next? Well, doing battle with the feds. Put your money on Washington for the win.