Marijuana legalization qualifies for Colorado ballot

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 27, 2012 4:27 PM

DENVER (Reuters) - A Colorado voter initiative that would legalize adult possession of marijuana for personal recreational use qualified on Monday for the state's November ballot, state officials said.

A similar measure earned a place last month on the Washington state ballot, but legalization of pot for recreational purposes was defeated by California voters in 2010. The latest moves to decriminalize marijuana at the state level face opposition from the federal government, which still classifies pot as an illegal narcotic.

Colorado is one of 16 states, along with the District of Columbia, that have legalized marijuana for medical purposes.

(Reporting by Keith Coffman; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)