Other states considering pot legalization look to Colorado’s success

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It's been two years since the great social experiment called recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado.

Oregon and Washington then jumped onboard, and now Alaska has too.

Ten other states also want a piece of the pot pie. They are considering ending the prohibition on pot in 2016.

Across the country, the prohibition of pot is going up in smoke.

Citizens or lawmakers in these 10 states: Nevada, California, Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, Ohio, Michigan and Connecticut, want to legalize marijuana in some form.

And they'll get support from Marijuana Policy Project and it's spokesperson Mason Tvert.

"We are supporting an initiative in Nevada that has qualified for the ballot, as well as campaigns underway in Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts and California," he says.

The group is also lobbying the legislatures of Rhode Island and Vermont.

"States around the country are recognizing this is something that is possible. They see that Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska are ending prohibition and regulating marijuana and that it's going well," says Tvert.

It’s going so well in Colorado in 2015, that pot shops sold both medical and recreational weed for about $700-million with two months of sales to still include.

And both retail and medical shops doubled the amount of weed they sold in the first six months of 2015 than the same period last year.

"We expect as more states come online. The tourism market to Colorado will probably drop off because there will be more options in other states," says Jamie Perino, owner of three recreational pot shops, Euflora.

But Perino says they could see increased pot profits by expanding into other states that legalize it.

"They're asking for people with experience to be on the applications. To find that legal experience there's only two states that have that for several years, and Colorado is leading the pack," she says.

And she tells us she's already getting courted by people in other states.

"It's a huge risk to be in this industry and to be at the forefront, to put our name and face out there…When they ask for experience…we have the most experience of anyone in the nation right now," says Perino.

Residents of Nevada will vote on legalizing recreational pot in November.

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