Will 'Marijuana Tourism' Light Up Voters?
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Will 'Marijuana Tourism' Light Up Voters?
Posted by CN Staff on November 05, 2012 at 12:46:35 PT
By Laura S. Bly
Source: USA Today
USA -- As pot-smoking, Amsterdam-bound travelers celebrate last week's decision by the incoming Dutch government to ditch a national, residents-only "weed pass," voters in Colorado, Oregon and Washington decide Tuesday whether to approve ballot measures that would legalize recreational use of the drug.The three states are among 17, plus the District of Columbia, that already allow medical use of cannabis. But these initiatives would go further, and defy federal efforts to crack down on the industry. California tried to change marijuana prohibition laws in 2010 through Proposition 19, but voters turned it down.
In Colorado  where the ski resort of Breckenridge removed penalties for marijuana possession in 2010 and already has a reputation as the "Amsterdam of the Rockies"  Amendment 64 would legalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana for adults 21 and older and would let specially licensed marijuana stores sell to anyone 21 and older who presents "government-issued identification to determine the consumer's age." Polls show would-be Colorado voters are evenly divided over the measure. The state's nonpartisan voter guide estimates the amendment would produce $5 million to $22 million per year in state sales tax, reports the Denver Post. But opponents, including Gov. John Hickenlooper, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and the city's tourism bureau, Visit Denver, argue passage would tarnish the state's image."Tourism is the second largest industry in both Denver and Colorado. If Colorado receives international media attention as the first state in the U.S. to legalize marijuana in their constitution, Colorado's brand will be damaged and we may attract fewer conventions and see a decline in leisure travel," Visit Denver's Richard Scharf said in a press release.SnippedComplete Article: USA Today (US) Author: Laura S. BlyPublished: November 5, 2012Copyright: 2012 USA Today, a division of Gannett Co. Inc.Contact: editor usatoday.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on November 05, 2012 at 18:25:07 PT
You're welcome. Tomorrow could be an important day. It looks like Obama from all the polls and charts I have studied for days will win. That means that if Colorado, Washington and Oregon win it could open the doors for way more to happen. The silence has been sweet. No John Walters fighting states every step of the way. It's all good.
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on November 05, 2012 at 17:33:46 PT
Big day tomorrow
Good luck tomorrow everyone! It seems like just yesterday that we were here on CNews talking about the possibility of Canada legalizing - I can hardly believe that was over 10 years ago in the 2000-2001 timeframe! Wow.  Many thanks to FOM and whomever else has been keeping this site going. And congrats to those who have kept themselves going through these years of cannabis repression!Personally I'll be very much hoping that Colorado and Oregon pass. Not as excited about the other projects, although I certainly welcome any challenges to the current prohibition regime.
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