Pot Legalization Initiative Qualifies for Colorado Ballot

Today the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012, a.k.a. Amendment 64, officially qualified for the November ballot in Colorado. "If approved by voters," the Drug Policy Alliance reports, "the initiative would decriminalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by adults 21 and older statewide and would allow small-scale cultivation for personal consumption. It would also permit the Department of Revenue or local governments (cities and counties) to design and implement regulations for controlling sales of marijuana to adults." DPA notes that "Colorado now joins Washington as one of two states to qualify a legalization initiative in 2012, while several other states are hoping to follow suit."

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  • rst||

    "to design and implement regulations"

    Isn't this usually where Barry sends in his dog Holder to fulfill his promise of not fucking with people who obey state laws in the course of engaging in the marijuana business by preventing states from coming up with laws governing the marijuana business in the first place?

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  • ||

    It would also permit the Department of Revenue or local governments (cities and counties) to design and implement regulations for controlling sales of marijuana to adults.

    Years later . . . .

    Seriously, why couldn't they just say that a package store liquor license will also allow the license-holder to sell pot in quantities not to exceed, say, 1/2 oz per customer per day*?

    I mean, fuck, if you're going to regulate it like alcohol, REGULATE IT LIKE ALCOHOL! Rather than saying that you want a whole bunch of regulations different from those for alcohol.

    *I know, I know, but throwing that in might spike some opposition.

  • ||

    to sell pot in quantities not to exceed, say, 1/2 oz per customer per day?

    possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by adults 21 and older

    Just like alcohol....oh, no. (is that what your asterix was addressing?)

    This gives me a great idea though: purchase limits on alcohol, enforced by a computerized rationing system.

    No more than a 6pack per day (or the equivalent volume of alcohol).

    Once states make it mandatory to have a license/ID to buy alcohol, the rationing system is the next logical step.

  • ||

    "...reduces drunk driving.....IT'S FOR THE CHILDREN...."

    Fuck you very much.

  • John Tagliaferro||

    "Regulate it like alcohol" smacks of FDRism. Government favorites getting tax stamps, a free black market continuing to flourish, etc.

    How about just legalizing it.

  • ||

    Because everyone is okay with alcohol. If you compare it to something everyone is okay, then it puts it into perspective. People that are ignorant about MJ will more likely pay attention to why it is being compared, and form a new opinion about legalization.

    Simply trying to legalize it straight out will keep people ignorant.

    It's a start.

  • shamalamadingdong||

    I agree, but it's a start, well it will be if it passes. Then the DEA will get all morally outraged and Bill Bennett will step away from the slot machines long enough to lecture us about the corrosive aspects of compulsive behavior.

  • B. Snowe||

    Nice dig on the "O.G. Drug Czar", a gambling addict extraordinaire!
    Karma isn't without a wonder sense of irony, que no?

    They actually drug John Walters outta the basement to comment about the Latin American countries that Are proposing drug legalization (to end or at least curtail the 10,000 or so senseless murders committed every year since Mexico started it's own literal 'War on Drug Cartels' 5 years ago...)

    "(...former U.S. drug czar John Walters said those who are calling for a debate on legalization are taking a dangerous and misguided step.

    "I would note to them that the kind of dangerous people they face would welcome that change, to become more powerful," he said. "Legalizing is not a solution, it's an excuse.")"

  • B. Snowe||

    Biden just got back from Mexico w/ a quote for the AP too:

    ("It is a totally legitimate debate and it's worth debating in order to lay to rest some of the myths that are associated with the notion of legalization," Biden said. "The debate always occurs, understandably, in the context of serious violence that occurs with the society, particularly in societies that don't have the institutional framework and the structure to deal with organized, illicit operations."
    "... unless you are going to not only legalize but you are going to provide a government apertures for the distribution of the drugs.")

    So, "it's a legit topic..." but its just "myths" & "notions" yeah, Right!

    Pres. Obama better pick a Non-'Drug Warrior' VP if he expects to get the (18-34) Vote & (Under 65) Vote, this November! Particularly the Social Liberal/Fiscal Conservatives.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    They already took the KFC's. What more can the state give up?

  • Barack Obama||

    Let me be clear. The DEA will blast your asses.

  • ||

    If Colorado does this, some people in Colorado might smoke pot.

  • John Denver's ghost||

    Rocky mountain high...

  • Father Jack||

    Feck that shite. Legalize it.

  • Evan||

    This makes sense. If we don't see it this year, we'll see it soon.

    Look at the Gallup poll marijuana leaf line graph.

  • ||

    On the premise of, decriminalization leading to legalization. ABSOLUTELY. Better than it is now, so its progressive. HOWEVER, as someone who lives in WA, for legalization I will go into WHY I am undecided. The DUI provisions (cant say about Colorado) are really horrible and could lead to a corportization that fosters already in our government. For one, the 5 ng/ml, limit blood test. Which means that one who is a heavy smoker/patient of MMJ, would run the risk of getting a positive (and inarguable in court) DUI even though they are not impaired in reality. Second, if you are 18-20 the limit is ZERO. Effing ZERO, if yu are in the presence of marijuanna and under 21, you get DUI.Which is absurd. So as a voter, I am weiging my options, as to what it is i should do. At waht oint does concession become selling out?

  • ||

    I reached the limit on the number of charachters in the last post. So, to elaborate on the corporatization aspect, msot the money spent on I-502 was by higher up's for Progressive auto insurance.

  • ||

    Now that makes a whole lot of sense dude, I mean like seriously.


  • CraterMaker||

    When I was growing up in Alaska, this was the law. You could have 1 oz. and 2 plants in the house per adult, and it was illegal to transport it or sell it. If I remember correctly, the feds threatened to hold back highway funds if Alaska didn't criminalize it. Couldn't understand why we didn't just tell the feds to fuck off, what with the permanent fund and oil revenues and suchnot. I don't like pot, and don't like being around stoners, but that's what feet are for.

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