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Colorado and Washington leading toward full-scale marijuana legalization | THE JEENYUS CORNER

Alex Moore

With unemployment still through the roof and the entire Middle East erupting into one big burning America-shaped effigy, social issues up for debate in November’s election are largely getting drowned out. Securing reproductive rights for women, marriage equality for gays, and legalizing marijuana have all but gone up in smoke lately. But a pair of new polls show some surprising progress on the last front, at least on the state level.

Six states have pot legalization proposals on the ballot this November and two of them, Colorado and Washington state, seem on the verge of a major first: Making marijuana a fully legal, regulated and taxed substance available to adults, just like alcohol and cigarettes.

New polls released this week indicate the Colorado measure, nicknamed the “Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act,” is leading 51% to 40% in favor among likely voters, and the lead is even bigger in Washington, 57% to 34%.

If the bills pass it’ll mark a watershed moment for marijuana legalization advocates because it’ll mean pot for the first time will break out of the confines of “medicinal” restrictions, which requires a prescription and falls outside the parameters of most adults’ daily lives. If the bills pass, buying some pot could be no harder than picking up a six-pack at the corner store—and no more stigmatized.

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