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    Default Colorado, Washington pass marijuana legalization; Oregon says no

    Colorado passes marijuana legalization, but there's a catch
    Colorado voters have approved a referendum that supports the legalization of marijuana on a recreational basis.

    Amendment 64 in Colorado will amend the state constitution to legalize and regulate the production, possession, and distribution of marijuana for persons age 21 and older.
    "The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will," Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said in a written statement released by his office. "This will be a complicated process, but we intend to follow through. That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug so don't break out the Cheetos or gold fish too quickly."
    Similar provisions on marijuana use were also on the ballot in Oregon and Washington.

    Washington voters say yes to recreational use of marijuana

    Washington State voters on Tuesday cast their ballots in support of an unorthodox way of raising tax revenue: marijuana legalization. The measure, Initiative 502, will legalize and regulate the production, possession and distribution of cannabis for persons age 21 and older.
    The Washington referendum called for a 25% tax rate imposed on the product three times: when the grower sells it to the processor, when the processor sells it to the retailer, and when the retailer sells it to the customer. It's not clear exactly how much tax revenue legalization would bring in. Estimates for the Washington measure run as high as $500 million - a figure analysts say is overstated.
    Colorado, Washington pass marijuana legalization; Oregon says no – CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs

    Interesting vote because it was focused on recreational use and not medicinal.

    Does anyone know, if the state legalises marijuana, can the prohibition still be enforced on the federal level ?

    Little doubt in my mind that we will see the legalisation rolling out across America.

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    Marajuana still illegal on a federal but not state level.
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    Yeah it's still illegally federally-and recreational use only extends to an ounce of marijuana at any one time. Theyre determined no quasi-Amsterdam rules go into effect, but its a measure thats long overdue in my opinion

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    Well all I will say on it is that it will make the discovery channel programme 'American guns' a bit more 'interesting'.
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    Any news from the California referendum on abolishing the death penalty?

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    It is part of a growing trend of states refusing to implement unpopular and unconstitutional federal laws. It's about time too. The Federal government was never meant to control every aspect of life in the States- the enumerated powers of the federal government are few.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toxic avenger View Post
    Any news from the California referendum on abolishing the death penalty?
    Both the death penalty and GM food labelling ballots are trailing alas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stopdoingstuff View Post
    Both the death penalty and GM food labelling ballots are trailing alas.
    Surprising - I thought it was in with a good chance, given California being bankrupt and it costing so much more to kill a prisoner than keep him alive...

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    Quote Originally Posted by toxic avenger View Post
    Surprising - I thought it was in with a good chance, given California being bankrupt and it costing so much more to kill a prisoner than keep him alive...
    Yeah, but it is still early days. When I checked, there were about 25% of the boxes opened, so maybe they have not gotten to the hippy boxes yet. The GM-labelling one was amusing- the food industry spent 45 million on getting their point across. We can't assume the California are rational voters though and would consider costs v benefits when it comes to the death penalty- it's always been more of an emotional issue than a rational one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_anderson View Post
    Colorado, Washington pass marijuana legalization; Oregon says no – CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs

    Interesting vote because it was focused on recreational use and not medicinal.

    Does anyone know, if the state legalises marijuana, can the prohibition still be enforced on the federal level ?

    Little doubt in my mind that we will see the legalisation rolling out across America.
    Is this the start of world wide legalisation? No doubt we may have some FF TD jumping on the bandwagon and steal Mings argument.

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