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Source: Observer

Three US states poised to legalise cannabis and defy 'war on drugs'
Washington, Oregon and Colorado set to allow recreational use
Joanna Walters
The Observer, Saturday 3 November 2012 13.15 EDT

Three US states are set to legalise recreational cannabis use this week in votes that could have major implications for the country's war on drugs.

Alongside their choice for president, residents of Washington, Oregon and Colorado a swing state will be asked on Tuesday whether they want to decriminalise cannabis.

If the measures are passed, adults over 21 would be able to possess, distribute and use small amounts. Cannabis for authorised medical use is already permitted and regulated by each state, even though it is against federal law.

Support is particularly strong in Washington and Colorado, but a "yes" vote in any of the states would be interpreted by the Department of Justice as an act of defiance against the federal government's war on drugs the national law enforcement programme that spends $44bn a year struggling to stem the tide of illegal drugs in the US.



Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/03/states-poised-to-legalise-cannabis

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