Voters OK Recreational Pot, Doom Astrodome
Colorado backs marijuana tax
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2013 1:54 AM CST
Updated Nov 6, 2013 3:00 AM CST
Legal in Portland and parts of Michigan, taxed in Colorado.   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

(Newser) – Portland, Maine—the Amsterdam of the East Coast? A measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use in the city has won in a landslide, reports the Portland Press Herald. The measure, which allows people over 21 to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, is a win for legalization advocates but may not make life any easier for the city's tokers: State law allows marijuana for medical use only and Portland's police chief says he plans to keep enforcing state law. In other ballot measures:

  • New York state will be getting seven new casinos, including one in New York City, after voters approved a constitutional amendment. The measure was helped by ballot wording that strongly emphasized the potential for job creation and didn't mention the downsides of gambling, the New York Times notes.

  • Michigan voters in Ferndale, Jackson, and Lansing legalized the possession of small amounts of pot, while Colorado voters voted to slap a 25% tax on the state's already-legal marijuana to fund school construction. The Denver Post rounds up local marijuana tax measures across the state.
  • In New Jersey, where Chris Christie easily won a second term, voters decided to raise the minimum wage by $1 to $8.25 and join 10 other states in adding automatic cost-of-living increases, the AP reports.
  • In Houston, meanwhile, the iconic but long-closed Astrodome was the night's big loser. Voters rejected a plan to turn the 48-year-old stadium into a convention center and it will probably now be demolished.

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Nov 6, 2013 10:09 PM CST
Won in a landslide? HAHA. There's a missing element here, though: So if marijuana would be legal to possess, where would one get it? The street sellers can still be arrested, correct? (Where could you go to buy more than 2.5 ounces anyway?)
Nov 6, 2013 10:51 AM CST
The 25% tax here in Colorado means that people will buy their pot from friends rather than from a business. Since it is legal to grow up to 6 plants, it makes a lot more sense to invest a few hundred dollars in lights and grow your own.
Ezekiel 25:17
Nov 6, 2013 10:40 AM CST
Archeologists have found evidence of the former cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Basically now two piles of rubble. Mentioned prominently in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Qur'an, and Torah, it met its doom for having fallen to a level that the US is fast approaching. It was a vibrant region with trade, agriculture, arts, sports, and the most robust economy in the world. It was located very near the Dead Sea which is basically a pool of salt now used for a salt source and the Dead Sea Salt stores in your local mall that are staffed by Israelites. There is a layer of ash where one of the cities existed and it has human bones particles mixed in with the ash as you remember fire rained down from the sky and burned the city as it shook and fell down in pieces. The ash is 95 percent sulfur which means it was from Earth and not a meteorite like some people propose. Mixed in with the bones are pieces of pottery and metals present at the time the cities were shown to exist in the Qur'an and Torah. You can see a lot of the items recovered at Karak Castle in Jordan. A must for any holy land tour. So you say it can't happen in the USA. How much damage did the meteorite do in Russia? I mean the one in the early 1900's and the one February 15th. Imagine one much bigger hitting the west or east coast. How about two hitting at same time. My guess it will happen first to Europe.