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By Emily Miller
Obama is losing the debate on gun ownership, concealed-carry permits
Topic - Beau Kilmer
In passing amendments in Colorado and Washington state for the first time legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, voters may have placed themselves in the cross hairs of the federal government — which steadfastly has maintained that possession of the drug remains a federal crime.
Legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in California would sharply drive down prices for the drug, causing more people to use pot while possibly undercutting the tax windfall that supporters have touted, according to a study published Wednesday.
Beau Kilmer, co-director of the Rand Drug Policy Research Center, said the votes in Colorado and Washington state represent "uncharted water" in the drug legalization movement.
He also said he expects ballot initiatives elsewhere in the country, though other states will be watching for any sign of intervention by federal authorities.