Colorado Looks To Fully Decriminalize Marijuana
Colorado’s medical marijuana proponents are forging ahead in their battle against marijuana prohibition and are seeking full recreational use legalization. And if early reports are any indication, Coloradans support the idea.
The proposal seeks to make the personal use, possession and limited home-growing of marijuana legal for adults aged 21 and older and establishes a system that regulates and taxes marijuana, similar to the sale and monitoring of alcohol today. The act would also allow for the cultivation, processing and sale of industrial hemp.
The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol says it will turn in almost 160,000 signatures in support of the legalization initiative to the Secretary of State’s Office. That is nearly double the 86,000 signatures required to put the question of pot legalization on the 2012 ballot.
Once the group submits the required number of signatures the state has 30 days to decide whether or not the legalization measure will be on the ballot. If it does, it would be the first measure approved for the 2012 Colorado election.
It’s a politically dicey climate for legalization proponents. Despite large-scale tolerance and in some cases enthusiasm for medical marijuana, the Department of Justice has started targeting dispensaries and growers for crackdown. Full-scale legalization would surely be seen as an invitation, if not a dare, to the federal government. So while there may be enthusiasm to get the matter on the ballot, encouraging a majority of Coloradans to pass it is another issue.
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