Road to Legalization: Many factors, including tax revenue, led to marijuana legalization (Gazette)
By Carol McGraw | April 28, 2014
Colorado and Washington became the first places to legalize recreational marijuana when, in 2012, voters removed prohibition and allowed for-profit companies to produce, distribute and sell a substance that is illegal at the federal level.
“What happened in Colorado and Washington was historic,” said Beau Kilmer, co-director of the Rand Drug Policy Research Center. “It’s the first legalization in the world. A lot of people think it was legalized in the Netherlands. But it is illegal there. They just don’t enforce the law there.”