Adult possession/use of cannabis is already legal in both Colorado and Washington. On Jan. 1, 2014 licensed retail sales of cannabis to adults is also permissible in CO. In WA, applicants are still awaiting for a license from state regulators.
Adults who are growing, holding and smoking marijuana to get high have already been acting legally in Colorado for more than year after a state constitutional amendment approved by voters in November 2012.
Beginning January 1, cannabis will be legally sold and taxed at specially regulated retailers in a system modeled after a regime many states have in place for alcohol sales - but which exists for pot nowhere else besides Colorado.
Washington state voters legalized recreational marijuana at the ballot during the same time as Colorado, but it has yet to be made commercially available.
Some people feel drinking alcohol is overkill or may not want to be that intoxicated, hangovers sickness or costs involved. Alcohol consumption is not one size fits all.
Adults make their own judgements on their specific situation, but because the government has said that pot is as dangerous as cocaine and heroin. This makes heroin appear to not to be dangerous just by association.
Colorado and Washington have figured it out and is freeing it citizens from the risk of being a felon just for choosing a different form of intoxicant.
This will most certainly have the effect of making peoples background and criminal records cleaner making it easier for some people to get jobs and reach their potential.
According to recent statistics, marijuana is one of the most popular recreational drugs in US behind alcohol and tobacco. Figures indicate that pot has been used by nearly 100 million Americans.