- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska voters have legalized marijuana, making the state the fourth to approve the drug’s recreational use.

Washington and Colorado already regulate recreational pot, while Oregon residents voted to legalize the drug Tuesday.

A national pro-pot group, the Marijuana Policy Project, was the major contributor behind the Alaska initiative, and its spending dwarfed that of opponents.

The group behind the initiative argued pot prohibition has been “as ineffective, wasteful and problematic as alcohol prohibition.”

Initiative supporters say legalization will allow law enforcement to focus on harsher drugs such as heroin. They also say it will bring in new tax revenue.

Opponents worried about the impact on children from the mass marketing of marijuana, especially edible products.

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