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More US states could follow Colorado lead on marijuana

Published on Jan 3, 2014 6:06 AM
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Mr Sean Azzariti, a veteran of the Iraq war, prepares to make the first legal recreational marijuana purchase in Colorado from advocate Betty Aldworth at the 3-D Denver Discrete Dispensary on Jan 1, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. Marijuana enthusiasts are counting on more US states to follow Colorado in legalizing the drug, but opponents said on Thursday the fight over pot is far from over. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Marijuana enthusiasts are counting on more US states to follow Colorado in legalizing the drug, but opponents said on Thursday the fight over pot is far from over.

The Rocky Mountain state made drug history on New Year's Day with the inauguration of retail sales of marijuana for recreational use.

The Pacific Northwest state of Washington is set to follow suit later this year - even though, under federal law, marijuana remains as illegal and addictive as heroin, ecstasy and LSD.

In the immediate future, the main focus will likely be on the regulated sale of cannabis for medicinal use, which is already legal in 20 states, said Mr John Hudak of the Brookings Institution think tank.

 
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