Both Colorado and Washington have passed referendums legalizing cannabis use.
However, the plant is still illegal according to federal law.
Washington state and Colorado set up a showdown with federal authorities by legalizing recreational use of marijuana.
The outcomes for those ballot measures Tuesday were a milestone for persistent but often thwarted advocacy groups and activists who for decades have pressed the causes of gay rights and drug decriminalization.
“Today the state of Washington looked at 70 years of marijuana prohibition and said it’s time for a new approach,” said Alison Holcomb, manager of the campaign that won passage of Initiative 502 in Washington.
Colorado’s Proposition 64 makes it legal for anyone over the age of 21 to possess marijuana and for businesses to sell it.
Unfortuntely, the governor of Colorado is already warning citizens that the federal government will STILL come after them.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat who opposed legalization, was less enthused. “Federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug, so don’t break out the Cheetos or gold fish too quickly,” he said.
It will be interesting to see how the feds treat this.
Barry Soetoro claimed he would not go after legal medical facilities and respect state laws. Fail!
We will see how this story plays out.
The entire war on drugs is a colossal failure!
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