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

(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.

Legal in Portland and parts of Michigan, taxed in Colorado.
Legal in Portland and parts of Michigan, taxed in Colorado.   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
Houston has rejected a plan to turn the Astrodome into a giant convention center and exhibition space.
Houston has rejected a plan to turn the Astrodome into a giant convention center and exhibition space.   (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
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