Colorado’s Marijuana Message To U.S.

COLORADO:  With Alaska and Oregon gearing up to vote on legalizing marijuana in a few months and many other states considering it further down the road, one state is on everyone’s mind — Colorado.

Activists on both sides of the pot debate are pointing to the Colorado experiment — what they see as its great successes or its horror stories — to make their case around the country.

Their claims about crime, job creation, quality of life, and tax revenues are so divergent that it’s surprising to realize they are talking about the same state.

But the picture that each side paints — however incomplete or distorted — is likely to influence the broader legalization debate, making the Rocky Mountain State ground zero for the coming pot wars.



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