A turning point? Colorado, Washington await federal response to recreational pot measures

  • Article by: KRISTEN WYATT , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 9, 2012 - 6:17 PM
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akwardprezNov. 9, 1211:44 AM

It will be interesting to see if the Obama Administration will try to crack down on sanctuary states for reefer smokers or if immigration laws are the only one's the fed chooses to ignore.

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akwardprezNov. 9, 1211:46 AM

The Fed has made a highly profitable business for themselves with the war on drugs.

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ChachiNov. 9, 1211:49 AM

We can either create more revenue by legalizing it or we can spend more money (that we don't have) in the courts and trying to enforce it.

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cyberhaze9Nov. 9, 1212:34 PM

Polls consistently show that the majority of Americans believe that marijuana should be legalized and regulated similar to alcohol. The interests (public and private) which profit so highly from prohibition will fight it tooth and nail, but the will of the people can only be fought for so long. With states voting to legalize it (for medical or recreational), one by one, similar to the repeal of alcohol prohibition, it is only a matter of time. We will all be better off with better allocated tax dollars, less money going towards organized crime, fewer people in jails and prisons, new tax revenue, new products and businesses (many from non-intoxicating hemp products), fewer people's lives limited by drug charges on their record stemming from engaging in an activity enjoyed by the last 3 presidents in their youth that is less detrimental than alcohol. It's inevitable and should have happened a long time ago.

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mjcmspNov. 9, 1212:59 PM

Just let it be legal and tax it! It will also help the hemp industry. Hemp is a more useful and better fiber than cotton. (In fact, if you look at the history of why Marijuana became illegal in the first place there was heavy lobbying by the paper and cotton industries because hemp was a huge competitor for them.)

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bumswrapNov. 9, 12 1:11 PM

Where are all the right wing freedom loving federalist/states' rights hawks on this issue? Could it be anymore clear that when a state's citizens pass a freakin constitutional amendment legalizing MJ, and then the feds say no way, that the feds are overstepping their bounds and going squarely against everything these right wingers espouse? So where are they? WHERE ARE THEY? HYPOCRITES!!!

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jd55604Nov. 9, 12 1:27 PM

Go ahead and advocate for sin taxes on pot. You're essentially agreeing with the drug warriors out there that pot is dangerous and it needs additional special taxes to help mitigate its risk. We'd go right back to where we are now by creating a whole new lucrative black market on tax free drugs. Drug courts and mandatory federal sentencing guidelines for people caught possessing un-taxed pot.

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mgmuellnerNov. 9, 12 1:29 PM

Headline should read "WA and CO voters wait to see how the federal government will disregard their voices"

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mgmuellnerNov. 9, 12 1:33 PM

bumswrap says "Where are all the right wing freedom loving federalist/states' rights hawks on this issue? Could it be anymore clear that when a state's citizens pass a freakin constitutional amendment legalizing MJ, and then the feds say no way, that the feds are overstepping their bounds and going squarely against everything these right wingers espouse? So where are they? WHERE ARE THEY? HYPOCRITES!!!" === I am right here man & agree with you on this being a states rights issue. I am NOT with you in thinking this is a left or right issue. Afterall this is a left wing administration .. continuing and stepping up enforcement. Obama's admin had 4x the number of raids as Bush did in HALF the time. If you have a memory that spans longer than the last 12 minutes, you would understand at least that one thing the dems and republicans in DC can agree on is the war on drugs.

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akwardprezNov. 9, 12 1:53 PM

But if we legalize it and tax it what will happen to those poor criminal illegal aliens that transport those drugs?

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