Marijuana Legalized With Hickenlooper Proclamation
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Marijuana Legalized With Hickenlooper Proclamation
Posted by CN Staff on December 10, 2012 at 15:20:50 PT
By Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press
Source: Associated Press
Denver -- 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.
Hickenlooper, a Democrat, opposed the measure but had no veto power over the voter-approved amendment to the state constitution. He tweeted his declaration Monday and sent an executive order to reporters by email after the fact. That prevented a countdown to legalization as seen in Washington, where the law's supporters gathered to smoke in public to celebrate.The law gave Hickenlooper until Jan. 5 to declare marijuana legal. He told reporters Monday he saw no reason to wait and didn't see any point in letting marijuana become legal without his proclamation."If the voters go out and pass something and they put it in the state constitution, by a significant margin, far be it from myself or any governor to overrule. I mean, this is why it's a democracy, right?" Hickenlooper said.Adults over 21 in Colorado may now possess up to an ounce of marijuana, or six plants. Public use and sale of the drug remain illegal.Colorado and Washington officials both have asked the U.S. Department of Justice for guidance on the laws that conflict with federal drug law. So far the federal government has offered little guidance beyond stating that marijuana remains illegal and that the controlled Substances Act will be enforced. Of special concern for state regulators is how to protect state employees who violate federal drug law by complying with state marijuana laws.Hickenlooper also announced a state task force Monday to help craft the marijuana regulations. The 24-member task force includes law enforcement, agriculture officials and marijuana advocates.The governor admonished the task force not to ponder whether marijuana should be legal."I don't think we benefit anyone by going back and turning over the same soil. Our job is to move forward," he said.Hickenlooper told the task force to "work to reconcile Colorado and federal laws such that the new laws and regulations do not subject Colorado state and local governments and state and local government employees to prosecution by the federal government."Colorado's marijuana measure, Amendment 64, was approved with 55 percent of the vote last month. One of the authors of Colorado's pot amendment, Mason Tvert, called the declaration "truly historic.""We are certain that this will be a successful endeavor and Colorado will become a model for other states to follow," Tvert said in a statement.Source: Associated Press (Wire)Author: Kristen Wyatt, The Associated PressPublished:  December 10, 2012Copyright: 2012 The Associated PressCannabisNews  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #1 posted by RevRayGreen on December 10, 2012 at 15:48:24 PT
meanwhile in the Planet of the Drug Apes...
Iowa NICER 2012 - PLANET of the DRUG APES., what the mouthpieces who speak out against marijuana law reform in Iowa, actually say to defend their insanity...12/6/12- Lofgren invites group to Muscatine to promote anti-drug message-At the invitation of Rep. Mark Lofgren, R-Muscatine, on hand at the forum at city hall were:*Steve Lukan, director of the Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy.
*Peter Komendowski, president of the group Partnership
Local law enforcement officials.
*Paula LeVasseur, program director for Trinity Muscatine's New Horizons.
*Muscatine County Attorney Alan Ostergren."I may go home tonight and have a glass of bourbon," Ostergren said. "I'm not going to get drunk. Plenty of people use alcohol responsibly. The whole point of marijuana and other drugs is to get impaired." People who think legalizing marijuana will reduce the crime rate are "hopelessly naive," Ostergren said."We know about the devastating effects of alcohol abuse, but we don't have that much research on marijuana," Komendowski noted.
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