Marijuana advocates said they expect $400 million in sales in the next year, giving the state an economic boost. Mason Tvert, co-director of the legalization campaign, said he expects several other states to follow suit in the next few years.
"Regulating marijuana works," Tvert said, pointing to the state's longstanding medical marijuana operation.
Pot activists say a government-monitored marijuana industry is a better alternative to the drug war and no different than how alcohol is treated in the United States. Critics worry that it will fuel drug abuse and use by minors.