Relaxed Pot Law Wins In Denver, Loses In Telluride

Denver (AP) Denver residents are legalizing possession of
small amounts of marijuana with Tuesday's vote, but opponents say it'll do nothing, since pot charges are most frequently filed under state and federal law. With 97 percent of precincts reporting, 53 percent of voters cast ballots for the measure, while 47 percent voted against it.

Meantime, voters in Telluride narrowly defeated a proposal to
move marijuana possession down the priority list of offenses for
local law enforcement. Final, but-unofficial totals show the measure failed 332 to 308. Telluride's town council decided in August to put the issue on the ballot.

In Denver, supporters hope the winning proposal will launch a
national trend toward legalizing the drug. They say enforcement causes more problems than it cures.

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