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Marijuana Legalized In Washington and Colorado after 2012 Elections

By O'Jay Burgess on Nov 07, 2012 04:02 PM EST

Colorado and Washington will be legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Washington according to businessweek.com will let persons 21 years and older to purchase small quantities of the drug.

A buyer in that state can have one ounce of the drug from a licensed retailer. While in Coloradao one can purchase an ounce of weed and are allowed to have six plants growing in private secure areas.

Marijuana is still an illegal drug in America but constituents in these two states had it on their ballot along with six other states according to businessweek.com.

Allen St. Pierre executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana said.  "It's very monumental. No state has ever done this. Technically, marijuana isn't even legal in Amsterdam."

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper was less than excited about marijuana being legalized. "The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will. This will be a complicated process, but we intend to follow through. That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug so don't break out the Cheetos or Goldfish too quickly."

Marijuana has been used as a medical drug in recent times in some states in America but according to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. "Regardless of state laws to the contrary, there is no such thing as 'medical' marijuana under federal law."

The National Conference of State Legislatures say states like California, Alaska, Oregon, Colorado and Nevada since 1972 have tried to legalize the plant all ending in failure.

Washington may stand to generate billions in revenue in five fiscal years this according to the state's Office of Financial Management.

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