Yesterday voters in Colorado and Washington State made history by approving ballot initiatives legalizing marijuana for recreational use by anyone over 21 years of age.
Colorado and Washington State (NOT DC!) became the first two states in the Union to legalize the possession of marijuana for recreational use.
In Washington State, voters approved a ballot initiative I-502 by 55% to 45%. In Colorado, a similar law known as Amendment 64 passed by 53% to 47%.
These laws make marijuana legal not just for those with medical conditions, but for any adult over the age of 21.
Of course, marijuana remains illegal under federal law, so the effect of these ballot initiatives is currently unknown.
The votes show that unlike Maryland politicians, voters are not afraid to apply common sense. They don’t want their kids locked up and saddled with criminal records because of recreational marijuana use – something that a reported 50% of young people try.
Perhaps these votes will help influence marijuana policy in Maryland, where possession of even tiny amounts is a serious criminal offense.