oters in Washington state and Colorado have approved ballot measures legalizing recreational marijuana. A similar initiative lost in Oregon. The votes made Washington and Colorado the first states to authorize pot sales to non-medicinal users, regulating it like alcohol. "The significance of these events cannot be understated," says Erik Altieri, a spokesman for the marijuana advocacy group NORML. The vote put Colorado to the left of the Netherlands on marijuana policy. "It's unprecedented," said Jonathan Caulkins, a Carnegie Mellon University professor.
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