Wins embolden legal-pot advocates

November 6th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

SEATTLE — Marijuana advocates, fresh off victories for legal recreational pot in Oregon, Alaska and the nation’s capital, are already preparing for their next target, and it’s a big one: California.

They are aiming to ask voters in the nation’s largest state to legalize marijuana for recreational use in 2016, hoping to draw on a more liberal and larger electorate during a presidential election to help them avoid a repeat of their 2010 failed pot measure.

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Matthew Yook, center, a field organizer for Measure 91, celebrates early returns that favor the Oregon Legalized Marijuana Initiative. With him at the campaign’s Eugene headquarters is Elvy Musikka, a medical marijuana recipient.

Ballot Measures AT A GLANCE

Marijuana activists who have longed for decades to end America’s drug war pocketed more major victories Tuesday, with Oregon, Alaska and the nation’s capital approving recreational pot use. Here are how some other ballot measures fared:


Voters in four states approved increases in the state minimum wage. In Arkansas, it will rise from $6.25 an hour to $8.50 by 2017, in Nebraska from $7.25 to $9 and in South Dakota from $7.25 to $8.50. In Alaska, it will increase $2 an hour to $9.75 in 2016.


In Washington state, voters approved a measure to expand background checks on gun sales and transfers; the checks will extended to private transactions and many loans and gifts. The rival measure would have prevented the state from expanding checks in that fashion; it was trailing statewide.


Voters in Colorado and

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