Colorado's pot debate colors presidential race

Associated Press
FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2011, file photo taken at the Department of Motor Vehicle office in Littleton, Colo., volunteers Emmett Reistroffer, second from left, and Justin Dreyer, second from right, collect signatures on a petition to legalize marijuana in Colorado. Voters in Colorado won’t just decide whether to go red or blue this fall but also green _ as in weed or grass. Marijuana and a question about whether to legalize it are on Colorado ballots in November 2012. President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have identical stances on pot legalization _ they oppose it. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)
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FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2011, file photo taken at the Department of Motor Vehicle office in Littleton, Colo., volunteers Emmett Reistroffer, second from left, and Justin Dreyer, second from right, collect signatures on a petition to legalize marijuana in Colorado. Voters in Colorado won’t just decide whether to go red or blue this fall but also green _ as in weed or grass. Marijuana and a question about whether to legalize it are on Colorado ballots in November 2012. President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have identical stances on pot legalization _ they oppose it. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Voters in Colorado won't just decide whether to go red or blue this fall but also green — as in weed or grass.

Marijuana and a question about whether to legalize it are on Colorado ballots in November. President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have identical stances on pot legalization — they oppose it.

Yet Obama and Romney may want to take the legalization issue more seriously if the race in Colorado is close.

Legalization activists say the candidates are wrong to overlook the possible importance of marijuana on Colorado ballots.

The chairman of the Colorado chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, Lenny Frieling, says cannabis supporters are active and enthused, and that Obama might want that enthusiasm.

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