Colorado: Yet Another City Votes To Remove Marijuana Penalties

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director April 7, 2010

    Fewer than 2,000 people reside in the mountain town of Nederland, Colorado — located west of Boulder. Nonetheless, Tuesday’s ‘small town’ vote in favor of a local ordinance eliminating all criminal and civil penalties for the adult personal use of marijuana is no doubt representative of the rising tide of national popular opinion in favor of cannabis legalization.

    For the record, Nederland is the third Colorado city in recent memory to vote to remove marijuana possession penalties — following Breckenridge in 2009 and Denver (2007 and 2005) — and it most certainly won’t be the last.

    Nederland votes to remove penalties for marijuana
    via Fox News

    NEDERLAND, COLO. — Voters in the town of Nederland voted on Tuesday and approved a ballot measure that removed all local penalties for private adult marijuana possession, making the mountain town the third Colorado locality to legalize marijuana in the past five years.

    Denver voters adopted a citizen-initiative to do so in November 2005, and voters in Breckenridge approved a similar measure in November 2009.

    More than 54 percent of Nederland voters supported the measure in what Town Clerk Christi Icenogle said was a high turn-out election.

    Voters also ousted incumbent Mayor Martin Cheshes, who had vocally opposed the measure and referred to it as “foolish,” replacing him with Trustee Sumaya Abu-Haidar.

    Prior to the announcement of the vote, the Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett told The Daily Camera: “I’ll pay attention if it passes. Marijuana enforcement is a sensitive issue, and it’s important to gauge public sentiment.”

    … Durango, which voted largely in support of the statewide initiative to legalize marijuana in 2006, will likely to vote on a similar local marijuana legalization initiative this November.

    A recent poll of likely Colorado voters found that 50 percent now support making marijuana legal for adults and regulating it like alcohol.

    42 responses to “Colorado: Yet Another City Votes To Remove Marijuana Penalties”

    1. Yoni says:

      Can you say: “Snowball Effect”?

    2. DB says:

      So be it.

    3. Kevin says:

      Town by town, city by city, state by state. We will take this country back.

    4. Ed says:

      Hopefully this trend will spread like wildfire. It’s nice to see that people are finally waking up and realizing that the “dangers” of marijuana were grossly overstated. The more people are exposed to marijuana, the more that will realize that it’s really no big deal. I just wish that it were fully legalized already so that I don’t have to worry about ruining my life over something so petty.

    5. adhd says:

      hehe in Nerderland


    6. Just Legalize It says:

      go colorado!!! pioneers!!! C O for 4 2 0

    7. Anonymous says:


    8. todd bass says:

      yes another place i can move to in the future. I love to hear the great news. the fascists are dying !!!!
      legalize the herb.

    9. Pain-fully Stressed says:

      great But i would like to hear more about new york please. i think we spend more money here so i want to hear about new york . colorado already has the liberty to smoke and is close to other staes to smoke weed . please do somethin on new york . please please please .

    10. Jeremy R. says:

      Wow 1st California now Colorado way to make progress Wounder what other states will be next to do what is right and logical instead on closing eyes to legality of marijuana while wasting billions residually on prohibition. At this rate by 2012 (most likely sooner) a vast majority of the states will do the same as California and Colorado is doing and if not by then hopefully all together marijuana will be legal and taxed. But for us to run we must keep making those small steeps and with the small steeps we are taking will indeed make an impact towards legalization and taxation of marijuana. Lets keep up the good work towards the goal and keep on making as many small steeps as we have done in the past. Lets show them that 2010 shall be just as good if not better than 2009 towards the cause… God bless and thank NORML and all the other organizations who is for the cause… Keep up the great work…..