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Colorado Looks To Fully Decriminalize Marijuana

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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7:02AM PDT on Jul 27, 2012

It is ignorant opinions like that of Jeanne C. that can keep people from understanding the truth! I have NEVER seen anyone get violent from smoking cannabis! - from alcohol, yes, cocaine, yes... Cannabis is not for everyone, but usually, those who shouldn't use it, are not attracted to it. There are SO many more that use it regularly, therapeutically, long term, etc. with no major ill effects!
If it's not for you, don't use it! But let the rest of us use it - legally!

9:58AM PDT on Apr 21, 2012

Decriminalize it! I don't personally use marijuana myself, but who does the government think they are to say that a random plant that naturally grows from this earth is a crime? If no one in the world used it, it would still naturally grow. I guess we might as well go kill all the vegetables, trees, and grass in our yards because they're committing the same crime that a marijuana plant is committing when they grow naturally on this planet. God chose to put the marijuana plant on this earth during creation, he gave it all the properties that belong to it. During the 6 days of creation God put everything on this earth and saw that " it was good". Human beings are the only things God created that disappointed him, what a coincidence, look whats going on now, man trying to control everything and tell people what they can and cant do, what they will and wont be punished for. God gave us all the right to choose what we want to do, its called free will! The government cant control us or take away our God given rights. In the end of life its every man for himself, the government doesn't have control over our minds and bodies, but only we do. Don't let the man think he can tell us what and what not to do. This is supposed to be a free country (its a bad excuse for one) but it needs to be a free world!

2:31PM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Decriminalize it!

1:28PM PST on Feb 29, 2012

These people do not realize how dangerous cannabis is ,taken over a long time,regular smoking ,can lead to a split personality ,people can get really violent after a while ,it should not be lagalised .

8:15PM PST on Jan 9, 2012

It is time to kill the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. Everyone should presure thier U.S. Congressmen and Senators to kill the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. If Congress is seeing more states legalize Marijuana for medical uses, It is time for them to repeal the Marijuana tax act.

2:09PM PST on Jan 9, 2012

I hope it passes would be nice to grow a couple plants in the garden

1:45PM PST on Jan 9, 2012

"However, people would be smoking it all over the place, and I really don't want that getting in my lungs, no matter how much money it would save the government"

Nah, you just have some laws preventing people from smoking in public places like with cigarettes. You can legalize it and still regulate where people are allowed to use it. People should not be driving on it, or operating machinery on it anyway. Marijuana addicts don't produce nearly as much smoke as cigarette addicts anyway, I don't know anyone who can smoke 2 or 3 packs equivalent of weed a day, like cigarette addicts do.

1:03PM PST on Jan 9, 2012

The reason it will not be legalized is because of all the lobbying money that alcohol companies pressure the government with. Its always about the money.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with legalizing it. Its not going to make MORE people do it.
In fact it will likely cut DOWN the usage because it won't appeal to the rebel in people. It won't be COOL and dangerous anymore.

12:29PM PST on Jan 8, 2012

Good luck on this -- we can't get medical marijuana legalized in most states! Humans will always find their intoxicants, and marijuana is much less harmful than alcohol, which kills thousands on the roads each year. I don't smoke it, but I am part of the group fighting to make it legal. Enjoyed it in my mid-20s, in my home, and that is how it should be enjoyed. And think of the tax revenue we could earn on MJ -- legalize it, tax it, enjoy the benefits to U.S. programs, put the drug pushers out of business, as well as the arms dealers. We have MUCH more of a problem with the "drug war" with its criminals and attendant violence.

6:10AM PST on Jan 8, 2012

Thank you for the article...

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