Voters in three western U.S. states go to the polls on Tuesday to decide whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use in a move that could spur a showdown with the federal government, with polls showing legalization ahead in Washington and Colorado.
the measures, the states could become the first in the country to
legalize the recreational use of pot. Each of the initiatives would see
marijuana taxed and would regulate its sale in special stores to adults
age 21 and older.
legalization measures ahead in Washington state, where campaign finance
records say its sponsors have raised $6 million, and Colorado,
where backers have pulled in nearly $2 million. But legalization was
trailing in Oregon, where a grass-roots campaign was struggling to sway
likely voters in Washington state released on Saturday by Public Policy
Polling found 53 percent support legalization, with a margin of error of
also ahead in Colorado, where a recent SurveyUSA poll of 695 likely
voters conducted for the Denver Post showed 50 percent in favor and 44
percent opposed. The survey had a 3.8 percent margin of error.
legalization was trailing with just 42 percent in favor, according to a
survey of 405 likely voters by Elway Research for The Oregonian. The
poll had a margin of error of 5 percent.
in that state, and voters in Arkansas are being asked whether to become
the first southern state to allow marijuana as medicine. Seventeen
states and the District of Columbia allow medical marijuana.