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It’s Official: Cannabis Possession And Cultivation Now Legal In Colorado

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director December 10, 2012

    History was made once again today when Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an Executive Order that makes an “official declaration of the vote” related to Amendment 64. This declaration formalizes the amendment as part of the state Constitution and makes legal the personal use, possession and limited home-growing of marijuana under Colorado law for adults 21 years of age and older.

    “Voters were loud and clear on Election Day,” Gov. Hickenlooper said in a prepared statement. “We will begin working immediately with the General Assembly and state agencies to implement Amendment 64.”

    Colorado joins Washington as the first two states in modern history to legalize the consumption of cannabis by adults.

    As of today, the following acts are no longer unlawful under Colorado state law for persons 21 years of age or older:

    (a) POSSESSING, USING, DISPLAYING, PURCHASING, OR TRANSPORTING MARIJUANA ACCESSORIES OR ONE OUNCE OR LESS OF MARIJUANA.

    (b) POSSESSING, GROWING, PROCESSING, OR TRANSPORTING NO MORE THAN SIX MARIJUANA PLANTS, WITH THREE OR FEWER BEING MATURE, FLOWERING PLANTS, AND POSSESSION OF THE MARIJUANA PRODUCED BY THE PLANTS ON THE PREMISES WHERE THE PLANTS WERE GROWN, PROVIDED THAT THE GROWING TAKES PLACE IN AN ENCLOSED, LOCKED SPACE, IS NOT CONDUCTED OPENLY OR PUBLICLY, AND IS NOT MADE AVAILABLE FOR SALE.

    (c) TRANSFER OF ONE OUNCE OR LESS OF MARIJUANA WITHOUT REMUNERATION TO A PERSON WHO IS TWENTY-ONE YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER.

    (d) CONSUMPTION OF MARIJUANA, PROVIDED THAT NOTHING IN THIS SECTION SHALL PERMIT CONSUMPTION THAT IS CONDUCTED OPENLY AND PUBLICLY OR IN A MANNER THAT ENDANGERS OTHERS.

    (e) ASSISTING ANOTHER PERSON WHO IS TWENTY-ONE YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER IN ANY OF THE ACTS DESCRIBED IN PARAGRAPHS (a) THROUGH (d) OF THIS SUBSECTION.

    Governor Hickelnlooper also announced today the formation of 24-member task force to oversee the implementation of the law, which ultimately mandates for the commercial production and sale of cannabis by those licensed to do so. A representative of Colorado NORML sits on this task force.

    As I previously wrote last week, to be clear: This is not decriminalization — a policy change that amends criminal penalties for minor marijuana offenses, but that continues to define cannabis as illegal contraband under the law and subjects its consumers to civil penalties. Today in Colorado, like in Washington, cannabis — when possessed in private by an adult in specific quantities — is a legal commodity. And it is likely that there is very little that the federal government can do to stop it. States are not mandated to criminalize marijuana or arrest adult cannabis consumers and the federal government cannot compel prosecutors in Colorado or Washington to do otherwise.

    The voters have spoken and change is upon us. Can you smell the freedom?

    56 Responses to “It’s Official: Cannabis Possession And Cultivation Now Legal In Colorado”

    1. fishcreekbob says:

      Come on freedom

    2. fred says:

      It’s a great day for freedom. Rocky Mountain High just keeps gettin’ higher. Way to go Colorado. Well done. :)

    3. John says:

      I can’t smell it enough here in Canada…

    4. Cat Cassie says:

      This is just wonderful. I never thought I would see the day. We did it Colorado

    5. Miles says:

      OMG I wish I lived in CO or WA instead of God Forsaken Virginia… One way or another, I intend to be living somewhere it is legal within the next 5 years. I’m so tired of the idiotic BS that the Feds try to stuff down the throats of the American people that I’d leave this country if that’s what it takes!

    6. David says:

      Can you say Liberty???? With a CAPITAL L.

    7. Anony says:

      That’s amazing, for the longest time after Nov. 6th everyone including me thought the Governor would wait until January 7th, or even worse delay the process but I was wrong!

      Even in Denverpost he had stated that there was no point in waiting for that long. Good for him! Good for Colorado, I’m soo jealous and as a California Medical Cannabis Patient, I might move someday!

      ~Cheers and Happy Holidays ^_^

    8. Chandler says:

      What would a worst-case (from a pro-pot stance) scenario for federal intervention look like?

    9. JC says:

      Thanks a million to NORML, and all the folks who have helped world wide! MR. President, do the right thing for the Nation. Free the People Now! 420 forever!

    10. HmmmSaysDavidHume says:

      Congratulations to sensible minds who voted this historic legislation into law, loudly proclaiming that lawmakers, law enforcement, and the unenlightened will be heard and will live as they so choose. It’s a testament to the will of the citizens of those states, who believe in personal freedom and state’s rights.

      It’s an equally sad statement on the intransigence of those elected to represent them, who place their own morals above the will of the people. It’s a forceful statement recognizing that law enforcement at all levels remains unwilling and unable to enforce laws with equality. It’s a statent that says, ‘Enough of your empty arguments and outright deceptions. Enough of your violent raids and the macho attitudes and moralistic judgement that accompanies them. Enough of the willful money grabs from Federal coffers of your citizens. Enough of your own personal hypocrisy, disguised hatred and disguised love of power. Enough!’

      Yet the sad state of affairs remains for the vast majority of Americans, who must suffer alone in their pain and misery, die a wasting disease or simply not engage in life’s basic activities. For all but 18 states, the citizenry still cannot seek relief from numerous maladies other than the toxic and often life-threatening chemicals that are the prescription drug industry. They cannot discuss openly with their physician the topic of cannabis as a medicine for fear of being labeled a drug abuser. And their elected officials, who should be their loudest voice and advocate, readily cling to tired arguments, merely parroting what the government and those vested by hatred of those unlike them or otherwise incented by their own greed for power or money.

      The travesty of liberty remains for most. And the goons are meeting frantically to figure out how to further stifle freedom. Now more than ever citizens who love liberty and love this nation must continue the fight. They must continue to show the entrenched that laws and morals that oppress are the highest of evils. Laws that result in deaths, not life, are more immoral than personal choices. And we must never relinquish our right to have our voices heard. Stand up! Tell your representatives you are sick and tired of laws that result in people dying and lives ruined. This is wrong, and it must be remedied for our nation and for mankind.

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