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Pot legalization will likely have economic impact on B.C.

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Residents of Washington State and Colorado voted to legalize and tax small amounts of marijuana for recreational use. (Canadian Press)

Voters south of the border made another historic decision Tuesday night.

Residents of Washington State and Colorado voted to legalize and tax small amounts of marijuana.

In Washington, 55 per cent of voters approved Initiative 502, legalizing the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by anyone over the age of 21.

Now, pot advocates in B.C. say it's time for this province and country to follow suit -- or suffer inevitable economic consequences.

Jim Leslie is the president of lifeline incorporated, an organization that lobbies and educates on medical marijuana. He's also a former Border Services officer.

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