Colorado, Washington legalize marijuana

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Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational use of marijuana in Tuesday's election, the Huffington Post reported.

Both states have legalized the drug for recreational use for adults, but federal law still names cannabis a controlled substance, according to the Huffington Post. The federal government still has laws against the purchase and distribution of the drug, CNN reported.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper warned it's too soon to "break out the Cheetos."

The success of the campaigns is heavily attributed to the law officials who spoke out on behalf the pro-pot campaigns, according to the Huffington Post.

The war on drugs has used $1 trillion in tax dollars in 40 years, the Huffington Post reported. In 2010 alone, 850,000 Americans have been arrested for marijuana law violations.

Massachusetts also approved a marijuana referendum legalizing medicinal use of marijuana, the Huffington Post reported.

Medical marijuana was already legal in 17 states, making Massachusetts the 18th, according to CNN.

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