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Sunday Spin 3: More states voting on legalized pot

Washington voters have been in the forefront of legalizing marijuana ever since they approved medical marijuana in 1998. They tied with Colorado the lead in legalizing recreational marijuana in 2012.

Now there seems to be a green rush to follow suit. Governing magazine reports that voters in five states will vote on legalizing recreational pot this year, and four other states will vote on legalizing it for medical uses. If they all pass, all states touching the Pacific Ocean would legalize marijuana in some form, and all but Hawaii would have recreational marijuana.

Idaho, which still bans the weed, would have some form of legal marijuana to the west, south and east.

Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

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