Oregon, Alaska, D.C. Legalize Pot As Florida Voters Reject Medical Marijuana

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Oregon, Alaska, and Washington D.C. voters voted to legalize marijuana on Tuesday, in key victories that could fuel the legalization movement while voters in Florida rejected amedical marijuana bill.

The Oregon and Alaska measures would legalize recreational pot use and authorize retail pot shops similar to those operating in Washington state and Colorado, which in 2012 voted to become the first U.S. states to allow recreational marijuana.

The less far-reaching proposal in the District of Columbia to allow marijuana possession but not retail sales won nearly 65 percent of the vote.

“In 2016 we’re going to push the ball forward in several states until we end prohibition,” Leland Berger, a Portland attorney who helped write the new Oregon law, told Reuters outside a packed Portland nightclub where advocates declared victory.