CO, WA, OR – drug dealers to the states?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Becky Yeh - California correspondent (

A California activist is concerned that several initiatives to legalize marijuana in three states will cause those states to be the "drug dealers" to the rest of the country.

In 2010, California voters rejected a measure (Proposition 19) to legalize marijuana in The Golden State. But activists now are looking to pass similar initiatives in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon in the general election next month.

Initiatives in Washington (Initiative 502) and Colorado (Amendment 64) would tax and regulate the sale of marijuana in those states; and a measure in Oregon (Measure 80) would create a cannabis commission to regulate the sale and cultivation of marijuana.

Lambert, JamesJames Lambert, an author and pro-family activist in Southern California, believes voters who might support those initiatives are not taking into account the far-reaching effects passage could have.

"What people don't understand in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon is if recreational pot is legalized, their states could effectively become the drug dealers to other states around the country," he tells OneNewsNow.

"[If these initiatives are successful] pot will be allowed to be cultivated and grown in their states -- and obviously people are going to take advantage of that and grow marijuana in all types of forms and send it to other states."

ABC reported that the measure in Washington generated $1.2 million at the start of signature gathering in 2011. The initiatives are gaining momentum and are poised to pass.

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