PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon voters have rejected a ballot measure seeking to regulate marijuana like alcohol.

The measure would have given Oregon one of the laxest state laws concerning marijuana use in the nation. Similar measures were put forward in Colorado and Washington state.

Oregon was one of the first states to allow medicinal use of marijuana, which voters approved in 1998. Measure 80 would have gone further, regulating pot like alcohol.

Supporters said legalized marijuana would generate millions for the state in new taxes while cutting down on criminal activity. Opponents questioned whether the measure would increase drug use and crime.

Approval of regulated marijuana would likely have triggered a showdown with the federal government, which prohibits the use or possession of marijuana.

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