Colorado OKs Recreational Pot; Feds Could Spoil Party

November 7, 2012 11:47 AM

Colorado OKs Recreational Pot; Feds Could Spoil Party
" DENVER (AP) — Marijuana for all adults has long been the goal of legalization backers in Colorado. They got their way when they added taxes and regulation to the mix.

On Tuesday, voters in the state handily supported marijuana without a doctor’s recommendation. Exit polls showed the measure was supported everywhere in the state — not just big cities — and by both genders.

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, who opposed the measure, quickly cautioned that marijuana use is still illegal under federal law. On Wednesday, he asked federal officials whether they plan to prosecute Coloradans who use marijuana.

Before the vote, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney for Colorado said there had been no change in the Justice Department’s enforcement of federal marijuana law. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the outcome of the vote would change that policy.

Suthers said he would help state officials implement the new measure but repeated his belief that legalizing marijuana on the state level “is very bad public policy.”

The vote came just six years after Coloradans rejected legalizing pot in a 2006 vote "

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