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Tuesday’s election results showed one clear factor rising out of the smoke: Marijuana is on its way up with voting citizens. Portland, Maine and cities in Colorado and Michigan overwhelmingly approved the legalization of possession of marijuana. According to the Portland Press Herald, 70% of voters said yes to the green plant. The city intiative states:
“… the recreational use of marijuana by adults 21 years of age or older. It allows adults 21 years of age or older to legally possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and paraphernalia. It also allows adults 21 years of age or older to engage in activities for the purpose of ascertaining the possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. It prohibits recreational use activities in public spaces, school grounds …”
Is this the beginning of all states accepting marijuana as a legal drug? Portland, ME., became the first East Coast City to legalize marijuana. Colorado approved a 25 percent tax on pot. And voters in the Michigan cities of Lansing, Jackson and Ferndale decided to remove all penalties for possession.
Robert Kane of Colorado Springs. Kane told Fox News, “Sure, the taxes are a little bit too high. But we’ve been asking for this for 40 years.” Kane is senior vice president for Endocan Corp., which makes cannabinoid treatments for patients with cancer, HIV and other ailments, as well as hemp-infused cosmetics.
“I’ll gladly pay an extra $5 or $10 every time I go to the store to shop in a regulated market and have the money go to my kids’ schools,” he said. “Let’s do this, get the establishment started, show the world we can do this in a responsible way.”