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Washington Becomes 2nd State In One Day To Legalize Marijuana

Posted on  November 09, 2012 by  News Admin

  Voters Say Yes To Regulation, Taxation Plan Isn't it just the way it always goes? Nothing for 75 years, then two states in one day. Washington voters resoundingly approved Initiative 502, which regulates and taxes marijuana production in the state, with 56 percent voting Yes and 44 percent voting No. The state's voters on Tuesday evening joined those of Colorado, from which results had become final earlier, in legalizing cannabis. "Marijuana policy reform remains an issue where the people lead and the politicians follow," said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, "but Washington State shows that many politicians are beginning to catch up."  "It is now more obvious than ever that marijuana prohibition is a failed policy, and the voters in Colorado and Washington have sent a message to their elected leaders and the nation that they have had enough," said Rob Kampia, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project. "It is costly, harmful, and dangerously misguided to continue arresting adults for using something that is safer than alcohol, particularly the seriously ill who could benefit from using marijuana. "A majority of Americans are sick of this nightmare and support treating marijuana in a rational manner," Kampia said. "Unfortunately, most lawmakers continue to ignore this fact and turn a blind eye to the harms caused by prohibition. "The residents of Colorado and Washington have taken the matter into their own hands and done something about it today," Kampia pointed out. "They should be congratulated for taking...