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The State of Colorado is one of two in the US that will change its law on January 1, 2014 and allow the use of marijuana for recreational reasons. Some of the folks City Island Images spoke with feel this is a sensible decision. They claim it will squeeze out the crooks and allow police to concentrate on more serious crimes.

A woman who lives and works in Denver, but would only identify herself as JJ told us that she sees it just like the use of alcohol and points that that adults will have to make their own choices when it come to the recreational use use of marijuana.

It remains to be seen whether other US states will follow Colorado and Washington's example, which approved to legalize marijuana for recreational use at the ballot last year, but the U.S. government continues to push prohibitionist policies.

Nearly 89 percent of the drug seizures along the U.S.-Mexico border from 2005 to 2011 involved marijuana, according to an analysis by the Center for Investigative Reporting. Cocaine trailed far behind, with just 7.4 percent.

Vicente Fox, the former President of Mexico supports the legalization of pot as a way to weaken the power of the drug cartels. Drug war violence in Mexico has left more than 70,000 people dead since former President Felipe Calderón launched a frontal assault on the country’s cartels in 2006.