Colorado votes to legalize marijuana

By Arturo Garcia
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 23:57 EDT
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Projections by two Colorado television stations had state voters approving recreational marijuana use Tuesday night.

Both KUSA-TV and KDVR-TV said Amendment 64, which enables regulated and taxed use of the drug for people at least 21 years of age, similar to established regulation for alcohol.

Opponents of the measure told KDVR they conceded defeat on the issue as of 11 pm EST Tuesday night, with support for the amendment garnering 53 percent of the vote with 37 percent of precincts reporting.

The amendment has gained support over the course of the past month from both state Republicans and the state’s biggest organized labor group, the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7.

The issue also received some national attention when a former narcotics officer now serving with the Colorado Department of Revenue told 60 Minutes the medicinal marijuana industry accounted for “over a million square feet of lease space” in Denver.

A study by the Colorado Center on Law and Policy also said legalizing the drug could boost state revenue by about $24 million based on excise taxes alone.

[Image via Agence France-Presse]

[h/t The Huffington Post]

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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