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Washington and Colorado as precedent for marijuana legalization?

An unwanted item on President Obama’s second term agenda was contributed by voters in Colorado and Washington State who, by impressive margins on November 6, passed ballot measures making it legal to smoke pot recreationally, without any prescription or medical justification.

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Legally regulated (manufacture, distribution and consumption) of marijuana is coming to a state near you in 2013:

CALIFORNIA

“These laws just don’t make sense anymore. It’s shocking, from my perspective, the number of people that we all know who are recreational marijuana users… these are incredibly upstanding citizens: Leaders in our community, and exceptional people.”
—Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom (preparing the way for Governor Jerry Brown to initiate proceedings to legalize and regulate marijuana through the state legislature)

MAINE

Maine’s legislature is moving on a legalization-and-regulation bill that could bring the state $8 million a year in new revenue.

‘‘The people are far ahead of the politicians on this. Just in the past few weeks we’ve seen the culture shift dramatically.’’
—Rep. Diane Russell of Portland, District 120 (Occupation: Public Relations Consultant)

NEVADA

“Thinking we’re not going to have it is unrealistic. It’s just a question of how and when”
—Assemblyman Richard (Tick) Segerblom of Las Vegas, elected to the Nevada State Senate in 2012

OREGON

“We have decades of evidence that says prohibition does not work and it’s counterproductive. it’s a matter of dollars and common sense. There’s a source of revenue that’s reasonable that is rational that is the right policy choice for our state. We are going to get there on legalization.”
—Peter Buckley, co-chair of the Oregon state legislature’s budget committee.

RHODE ISLAND

Rhode Island is also expected to legally regulate marijuana through the state legislature instead of a popular referendum.

‘‘Our prohibition has failed, Legalizing and taxing it, just as we did to alcohol, is the way to do it.’‘
—Rep. Edith Ajello, chairs the House Committee on Judiciary and is a member of the House Oversight Committee.

VERMONT

In November 2012, the state’s Democratic governor, Peter Shumlin, cruised to re-election while strongly backing marijuana decriminalization. And the city of Burlington passed a resolution in November 2012 calling for an end to prohibition – with 70 percent support.

ALASKA

Most Alaskans already have a clear view of things from their own back garden. Personal use and possession of Marijuana in Alaskan homes has been effectively legal since 1975.

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