Colorado Has Legalized Marijuana

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director November 7, 2012

    In a historic vote that will reverberate around the nation, the Denver NBC affiliate has projected that Colorado will pass Amendment 64 and will legalize marijuana. By a vote of 53% to 47% (with 38% of the vote tallied) news networks have begun to confirm that Colorado’s Amendment 64 has been passed by voters.

    This marks the first time in history that a state has moved to legalize marijuana outright for adult consumers. This vote shows that, like alcohol prohibition before it, cannabis prohibition is a failed, unpopular policy that largely relies on state and local enforcement. Alcohol prohibition came to an end when a sufficient number of states enacted legislation repealing the state’s alcohol prohibition laws. With states no longer doing the federal government’s bidding to enforce an unpopular law, the Feds eventually had no choice but to abandon the policy altogether. History is now repeating itself.

    Until now, no state law has defined cannabis as a legal commodity. Some state laws do provide for a legal exception that allows for certain qualified patients to possess specific amounts of cannabis as needed. But, until this evening, no state in modern history has classified cannabis itself as a legal product that may be lawfully possessed and consumed by adults. Thanks to the support from their voters, Colorado has now taken that brave first step.

    Stay tuned for more information on this momentous event, as we’ll be writing much, much more about it in the coming days.

    95 Responses to “Colorado Has Legalized Marijuana”

    1. James says:

      As a colorado resident, is it legal to order marijuana products from Europe or is importing still impossible because of federal customs oversight?

      [Editor’s note: Unfortunately, imports are still dictated by federal laws, which does not allow for any cannabis seeds, sans irradiated hemp seeds.]

    2. Marty says:

      Hey all! Way to go both Washington and Colorado. Yes like probably millions of others, I’m already looking into some way to move to Colorado. Not just to smoke a doob, but more importantly to find sustainable work. No doubt there will be all manner of policy change, modification and legal confusion as this progresses. Ergo, I would like to know what who and how to go about seeking sensible (no pun intended) employment options in Colorado, working in the Cannabis Biz (anything from working for co.’s that make lights and irrigation, to clerical work for administrative and legal matters. If you are in the biz and hiring please email me for my resume at: martinweeks338@gmail.com Thanks.

    3. Michael Miller says:

      It still upsets me that I’m 44 and it’s still illegal in Ohio. Thank you NORML for helping make prohibition a thing of the past. Now let’s focus on the other 48.

      Cannabis will change the world and make it beautiful. These latest events are exciting beyond words. And to the ignorant people that refuse to acknowledge science and fact… move to Mars.

    4. Michael Miller says:

      Congratulations and thank you CO and WA! The world is a little bit better off now and November 6th will be known as The Day the Healing Began. Cannabis is the most wonderful wonderful and amazing plant that we have ever known and the amount of good this will bring is something that many people can’t even imagine right now.

      This is a wonderful time to be alive! I will be visiting CO soon from OH to enjoy the scenery and the herb and pick up some hemp oil (every home should have it in their medicine cabinet).

      Peace and love to the people of CO and WA… see you soon. Stay beautiful.

    5. Artxuleta says:

      Weed is the seed that I feed to create. Long Live Colorado! https://vimeo.com/7761485

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