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It's official: Governor makes marijuana legal in Colorado (+video)

On Monday, Colorado become the second state to legalize recreational marijuana use for adults. Washington also voted to legalize pot this November, and 18 states have decriminalized the drug. 

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Pot smokers formally gained the right to light up in Colorado on Monday as Governor John Hickenlooper signed into effect a controversial ballot measure legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use in what proponents hailed as a "historic day."

Hickenlooper's signature, largely a formality, made Colorado the second U.S. state after Washington to legalize recreational pot use, and put it on a possible collision course with the federal government - which calls marijuana an illegal drug.

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