Vote or get off the pot?
Three states are voting today on whether to allow medical use of marijuana — Massachusetts, Montana, and Arkansas. But Oregon, Washington, and Colorado are going much further in the push for pot decriminalization, with voters deciding on whether to make pot legal for recreational use.
Advocates of decriminalizing marijuana, including some law enforcement officials, say busting people for pot is an expensive waste of scarce resources, and the tax revenue could help fill depleted state coffers. They also point to a recent study from a Mexico City think tank, the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO), which found that the three state measures could “deal a blow to Mexico’s traffickers of a magnitude that no current policy has got close to achieving,” depriving the cartels of $1.4 billion of their $2 billion in annual marijuana income, from the U.S.
So, where do Obama and Romney stand when it comes to states legalizing pot?