Colorado: State Democratic Party Announces Support For Marijuana Regulation Measure

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director April 17, 2012

    [Editor’s note: This post is excerpted from today’s NORML weekly media advisory. To have NORML’s news alerts and legislative advisories delivered straight to your in-box, sign up here.]

    The Colorado Democratic Party on Saturday announced its support for Amendment 64, a statewide ballot initiative that seeks to eliminate civil and criminal penalties for the limited possession and cultivation of cannabis by adults. The Party indicated its support for the measure during its state convention.

    “This is a mainstream issue,” Cindy Lowery-Graber, chair of the Denver County Democratic Party, stated in a press release. “Polls show that more than 60 percent of Democrats and a solid majority of Independents believe marijuana should be treated like alcohol. A broad coalition is forming in support of Amendment 64 and I am proud to say that it now includes the Colorado Democratic Party.

    Now included among the Party’s 2012 ‘essential platforms’ is the following: “Regulate and tax marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol, limiting its use to those 21 or older. We support Amendment 64, the initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol.”

    If enacted by voters this November, Amendment 64, The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012, would immediately allow for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and/or the cultivation of up to six cannabis plants by those age 21 and over. Longer-term, the measure seeks to establish regulations governing the commercial production and distribution of marijuana by licensed retailers.

    The initiative does not change existing medical cannabis laws for patients, caregivers, and medical marijuana businesses. The measure also prohibits the imposition of an excise tax on any retail sale of medical marijuana.

    The Colorado Democratic Party’s support for legalization comes approximately one month after a slim majority, 56 percent, of Denver County Republicans also voted to endorse Amendment 64. However, the position was not officially adopted because of the local party’s requirement of a two-thirds majority to change its platform.

    Amendment 64 is backed by a broad coalition of drug law reform organizations, including NORML, the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, SAFER, Sensible Colorado, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), the Drug Policy Alliance, and the Marijuana Policy Project. Gary Johnson, former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico, and Pat Robertson, evangelist and founder of the Christian Coalition, have also recently endorsed the initiative.

    The full text of Amendment 64 is available here.

    33 responses to “Colorado: State Democratic Party Announces Support For Marijuana Regulation Measure”

    1. Galileo Galilei says:

      This is good to hear.

      QUESTION: Is this the first time one of our main political parties has supported a ballot initiative like this?

    2. john williamson says:


    3. Joe says:

      Official party endorsement! Oh yeah =)

    4. JC says:

      Thank you very much for this great news. Is there anything that people lot living in Colorado do to help this pass? Wow finally the news seems to bring hope.

      [Paul Armentano responds: Yes. Assist with the campaign at: http://www.regulatemarijuana.org/.%5D

    5. seth forbis says:

      “QUESTION: Is this the first time one of our main political parties has supported a ballot initiative like this?”

      yes, in 2010 the young republicans group endorsed prop 19 but that was it, no major controlling political party has ever changed it’s platform like this, now both are…to me that means the war is won!

      with the democrats on their side it’s pretty much a shoe in, and it will be a major win altogether, once dem’s in other states see that there is no backlash, the national party will quickly step in line behind full federal legalization.

    6. Cat Cassie says:

      This is the best news I’ve heard in a long time. If this gets passed I will never complain about the cold and snow again. Proud to be a Coloradoan!!

    7. Tony says:

      Wow this would be such a huge step towards proper regulation throughout the US! Remember, it starts with ONE!

    8. livelong says:

      Congrats to colorado i hope it passes the ballot that would increase the legalization across the U.S. Good job norml and colorado props from cali.

    9. Goodluck to everyone in Colorado I hope it passes!