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Reader: How can states be called free when they frown on abortion, gay marriage and pot?

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Last week, we shared analysis from George Mason University's Mercatus Center about the ten freest American states; Colorado took a significant fall in the annual study, finishing nineteenth. Our readers had plenty of questions about researchers' attempts to balance personal and economic freedom. Here's one example.

steven.pfefferle writes:

Anyone notice these are all heavy GOP states.... states that frown upon abortion, gay marriage, have the strictest laws on alcohol and marijuana.... but they have guns and little other regulation, so I guess they are free.

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