Marijuana Ballot Initiatives

Marijuana Initiatives May Open Up New Tourism Opportunities

Move over, Amsterdam

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As pot-smoking, Amsterdam-bound travelers celebrate last week's decision by the incoming Dutch government to ditch a national, residents-only "weed pass," voters in Colorado, Oregon and Washington decide Tuesday whether to approve ballot measures that would legalize recreational use of the drug.

The three states are among 17, plus the District of Columbia, that already allow medical use of cannabis. But these initiatives would go further, and defy federal efforts to crack down on the industry. California tried to change marijuana prohibition laws in 2010 through Proposition 19, but voters turned it down.