By a 2-1 ratio, Colorado voters defeated a measure that would have allowed adults 21 and over to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, reports the Rocky Mountain News. Said Robert McGuire of the Colorado chapter of Save Our Society from Drugs: “Our goal was to beat it badly enough so we don’t see it again on the ballot.
Mason Tvert, campaign manager for the measure, said, “We had a yearlong conversation about marijuana. We still believe there are a larger number of people in favor of changing the laws.” The initiative would have made Colorado the first state to legalize marijuana use for recreational purposes. A similar proposal was defeated yesterday in Nevada. Several states, including Colorado, had passed medical marijuana initiatives that allowed for the distribution of the drug for those battling illness.