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After Votes Legalizing Marijuana, Colorado & Washington Prepare for Federal Gov't Showdown

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Published on Nov 9, 2012

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In a historic move, Colorado and Washington have become the first states to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Fifty-two percent of voters in Colorado supported Amendment 64, which will amend the state constitution to allow those 21 and older to purchase up to one ounce of marijuana at specially regulated stores, and permit adults to grow up to six marijuana plants in their homes. Meanwhile in Washington, Initiative 502 passed by a 10-point margin. Now marijuana reform advocates are preparing for a showdown with the federal government, which still considers the plant a dangerous drug. "Maybe state-by-state, city-by-city, with voters saying, 'Even if the federal government is sticking to its line, we want something different,' there's a hope out there this message will get through to the federal government and they're going to start doing things differently," says our guest, Mick Dumke, a reporter for Chicago's alternative newspaper, the Chicago Reader. Dumke also notes Chicago City Council recently passed an ordinance that allows ticketing for low-level marijuana possession, but that has not stopped police from arresting people in certain neighborhoods.

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