Three states are set to allow voters to decide whether to legalize the use of marijuana in their states for recreational use this fall. The three states are Colorado, Oregon and Washington. A recent poll by MSNBC indicates that nationally, 51% of the public believe that marijuana should be legalized for recreational use. On reason that states are moving in the direction of legalizing marijuana is financial. These states stand to gain additional tax revenue if marijuana was legalized and would save substantial sums of money by not having to spend money arresting, prosecuting and incarcerating people charged with violating these drug laws which make the mere possession of marijuana illegal. If these measures pass, then it will be interesting to see how the Federal Government responds. There will be a conflict between state law and federal law and it will be interesting to see how that conflict plays out in the political and legal arena.
We will keep our readers updated on the progress and outcome of these ballot measures.
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