Wash., Colo. Vote to Legalize Recreational Pot

But Oregon says no

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 7, 2012 1:59 AM CST | Updated Nov 7, 2012 7:00 AM CST

(Newser) – Marijuana-related measures were on the ballot in six states and the weed's supporters scored major victories in Washington, Colorado, and Massachusetts. A look around the landscape:

  • Washington state has voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use, Bloomberg reports. The measure allows people over 21 to buy up to an ounce of pot from licensed retailers.
  • Colorado has passed a similar measure, despite concerns over the federal government's response, the Denver Post reports. Under the measure, the first recreational marijuana stores will open in early 2014, and adults will be allowed to grow up to six plants for personal use.

  • Oregon, however, has rejected a measure to legalize marijuana for all uses, reports the Oregonian. Backers of the measure, which would have allowed adults to grow unlimited amounts for personal use, spent hundreds of thousands of dollars getting it on the ballot but didn't have much money left for a campaign.
  • Massachusetts voters have made the state the 18th to allow medical marijuana, but voters in Arkansas narrowly rejected a measure that would have made the state the first Southern one to legalize medicinal pot, the AP reports. Montana, meanwhile, approved restrictions on medical marijuana put in place by the state legislature last year.

Marijuana plants grow at the Northwest Patient Resource Center medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle.
Marijuana plants grow at the Northwest Patient Resource Center medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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