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First Published Nov 09 2012 05:00 pm • Last Updated Nov 09 2012 05:00 pm

Among all the other stuff that happened Tuesday, voters in Colorado and Washington state voted to legalize marijuana. Not just for medical uses, but for "recreational use." Voters in Oregon turned down a similar initiative.

Newspapers react, so far, soberly,

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Marijuana legalization challenges state and federal leaders — Seattle Times Editorial

Washington and Colorado have become the first states in the union to vote to legalize marijuana. In 2010, voters in California said no; Tuesday, voters in Oregon also said no. But "no" shakes no foundations. "Yes" does.

And "yes" is the right answer. Prohibition has failed. Licensing the growers and retailers will take marijuana out of the hands of criminal gangs and bring it into the open, where it can be regulated and taxed. ...

State voters were generous – if there wasn’t a price — Tacoma News Tribune Editorial

Tuesday’s election returns suggest that Washington is becoming a libertarian paradise – a place where gays can marry, marijuana is legal and parents might even be given the choice of independent schools for their children.

But oh, by the way – not a penny more for public education or other state programs. ...

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Colorado’s marijuana vote sends a message — Denver Post Editorial

Though we opposed Amendment 64, we see Tuesday’s vote as a signal to the feds to end the nation’s prohibition of marijuana.

Legal pot challenges feds — Colorado Springs Gazette Editorial

... Recreational marijuana use is a bad idea. So is federal violation of a federal Constitution that’s supposed to protect states and individuals from federal intrusion. Advocates of legalized marijuana can thank practical limitations of government, rather than law, if Amendment 64 frees them to buy and consume the drug.

Come on, Gov. Hickenlooper: Defend marijuana vote — Vincent Carroll | The Denver Post

Is it too much to ask top state officials to go to bat for voters who just passed an amendment that the federal government might not like? ...

Oregon lawmakers should take up marijuana legalization — The Oregonian Editorial

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