Pot Legalized in Colo with Governor's Proclamation
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Pot Legalized in Colo with Governor's Proclamation
Posted by CN Staff on December 10, 2012 at 15:00:19 PT
By Patrick Malone, Fort Collins Coloradoan
Source: USA Today 
Fort Collins, Colo. -- Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday signed a declaration formalizing the voter-approved amendment that makes it legal for those 21 and older to use marijuana.On Election Day, voters approved Amendment 64 which called on the state to regulate marijuana like alcohol. The amendment allows for limited use, possession and cultivation of marijuana.
"This is a truly historic day," said Mason Tvert, co-director of the campaign to pass the measure. "From this day forward, adults in Colorado will no longer be punished for the simple use and possession of marijuana."He applauded the governor's prompt declaration.Hickenlooper, a Democrat who opposed the measure, had until Jan. 5 to sign the executive order, but he did so just four days after Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler certified the Nov. 6 election results in which 55 percent of voters statewide embraced legalizing the recreational use of marijuana."Voters were loud and clear on Election Day," the governor said. "We will begin working immediately with the General Assembly and state agencies to implement Amendment 64."Adults over 21 in Colorado may now possess up to an ounce of marijuana, or six plants.The sale of marijuana and its consumption in public remain illegal. The Colorado Legislature plans to tackle assorted issues around the legalization of marijuana during the upcoming legislative session, including how to tax it, establishing a regulatory framework for its distribution, changing statutes to reflect the newly allowed practices involving marijuana and providing for legal means to produce industrial hemp.SnippedComplete Article: USA Today (US) Author: Patrick Malone, Fort Collins ColoradoanPublished: December 10, 2012Copyright: 2012 USA Today, a division of Gannett Co. Inc.Contact: editor usatoday.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #5 posted by sinsibility on December 10, 2012 at 18:02:06 PT
The mayor of Ithaca,NY asked Gov. Cuomo to legalize marijuana this week. I'll bet quite a few conversations like that happened this recently. If I recall history correctly, when NY ended alcohol prohib the Feds came around. 
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on December 10, 2012 at 16:43:57 PT
Maybe Mass. but I think Cali would be a good bet.
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on December 10, 2012 at 16:26:06 PT
I wonder who will come in 3? I hope all the other states at one time! That would make my day!
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on December 10, 2012 at 15:38:46 PT
It looks like We're 2nd and not 1st though.
Pot legalized in Colo. with gov's proclamationBy The Associated Press in the Summit Daily NewsDENVER  Marijuana for recreational use became legal in Colorado Monday, when the governor took the procedural step of declaring the voter-approved change part of the state constitution.Colorado became the second state after Washington to allow pot use without a doctor's recommendation. Both states prohibit public use of the drug, and commercial sales in Colorado and Washington won't be permitted until after regulations are written next year.Cont.'d like to also congratulate Washington for winning the race and becoming the 1st state in history to RE-legalize cannabis. Good work!-0-There's still a lot of work left to do.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on December 10, 2012 at 15:01:28 PT
Happy Legalization Day Colorado!
What a great day for your state.
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