Today Pot Is Legal in Colorado

Today Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a proclamation recognizing last month's passage of Amendment 64, that state's marijuana legalization measure, meaning that all state penalties for possession of up to an ounce and home cultivation of up to six plants by adults 21 and older are abolished as of now. “Voters were loud and clear on Election Day," Hickenlooper said. "We will begin working immediately with the General Assembly and state agencies to implement Amendment 64."

Hickenlooper was referring to the parts of the initiative calling for a state-regulated system of commercial production and distribution. The Colorado Department of Revenue has until next July to write regulations for growers and sellers. Hickenlooper has appointed a 24-member Task Force on the Implementation of Amendment 64 to assist with that process.

In the meantime, Colorodans can grow their own and transfer up to an ounce "not for remuneration." By contrast, pot smokers in Washington, where a marijuana legalization initiative took effect last Thursday, won't have a licit source until pot shops licensed by the state liquor control board are up and running (sometime after next December, the deadline for regulations). Mason Tvert, co-director of the Yes on 64 campaign, comments:

This is a truly historic day. From this day forward, adults in Colorado will no longer be punished for the simple use and possession of marijuana. We applaud Gov. Hickenlooper for issuing this declaration in a timely fashion, so that adult possession arrests end across the state immediately. 

We look forward to working with the governor's office and many other stakeholders on the implementation of Amendment 64. We are certain that this will be a successful endeavor and Colorado will become a model for other states to follow.

Yesterday Len Gilroy and Harris Kenny warned Colorado policy makers about potential pitfalls in implementing Amendment 64.

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  • Almanian.||

    "We'll see about that...." - Eric Holder

  • Rich||

    it is not certain that the Portuguese Coloradan experience could be replicated in the UK US, given societal differences

  • Almanian.||

    RACIST!

  • R C Dean||

    Good luck, CO. I'm pullin' for ya.

  • jasno||

    Good luck, CO. I'm puffin for ya.

  • Death Rock and Skull||

    I just want to say good luck, we're all counting on you.

  • BlogimiDei||

    I guess I picked the wrong day to quit sniffing glue!

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Hickenlooper has appointed a 24-member Task Force on the Implementation of Amendment 64 to assist with that process.

    They should be arrested by the feds as accessories.

  • Hyperion||

    Do they have dogs to shoot? If not, let's focus on the illegal growers of 6 plants.

  • Hyperion||

    I have some good advice for those who choose to grow their 6 plants.

    Hide your puppies!

  • deified||

    Holy crap. Everyone--EVERYONE--thought Hickenlooper was going to wait until the last legally possible day, January 6, to sign this fucker.

    Happy Chanukkah, motherfuckaz. Light your J/Blunt/Bowl or Bong from a Menorrah. Cook your latkes in Cannabutter. Have sex with Sarah Silverman.

    Today is a good day.

  • ||

    L'chaim?

  • deified||

    L'Chaim

    [10 second JooTube clip]

  • deified||

    Fuck.

    L'Chaim!

    10 seconds of Jew-Z

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Have sex with Sarah Silverman

    *shrugs*

    All right.

  • SugarFree||

    And upon them all, my shadow fell.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

  • Hyperion||

    Someone in CO should make a life size cardboard cutout of Obama and blow a giant doob, exhaling the smoke into the face of said cutout, and post it on Youtube.

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    The pipe, the pipe. Let's pack the pipe.

  • Christina||

    Well played, my good man.

    But my favorite weed-centric song is and will forever be Pato Banton's "Don't Sniff Coke"

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    'Ello Tosh! Not Toshiba.

  • deified||

  • Drave Robber||

    Ceci n'est pas une pipe!

  • Loki||

    From this day forward, adults in Colorado will no longer be punished for the simple use and possession of marijuana.

    Barack Obama: "You think so, huh?"

  • R C Dean||

    It will be interesting to see how the feds set up their test case on this. I don't see an upside in using a prole w/simple use/possession, when you can line up a producer or retailer, unless you are going to roll the dice and try to get the courts to sign off on a very broad pre-emption argument to strike the whole thing.

  • Rasilio||

    You know I'm sorry but I really don't see what the hooplah is.

    I mean yes this is a victory in maybe someday hopefully ending the idiotic drug war and all that it entails but can we please stop acting like we just blew up the friggin Death Star?

    I mean really the only reason this is actually important is if your biggest goal is to light one up and get stoned out of your mind, otherwise it is about as significant as the Doolittle raid in WW2.

  • Brandon||

    Really? Not one but two states stand up against the federal leviathan to stop enforcing their ridiculous drug laws, and all you can say is "IT'S NOT THAT BIG A DEAL!!!!?"

  • Rasilio||

    But that is just it, they DIDN'T stand up to the Feds, they simply said we ain't prosecuting this ourselves anymore.

    Sure it is a victory, just as the Doolittle raid in WW2 was a victory but that doesn't make it an important victory and the outcome of the war is still very much in doubt.

    Further even to the extent that it is a victory it cannot be stressed just how minor it is, this is not some grand statement on the part of the electorate expressing their support for individual freedom, it is just legalizing a single drug.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

  • Christina||

    You kids today with your (fake) dubstep remixes of an old Dr. Dre song that Snoop was featured on.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Who you calling kid, kid? This O.G. was going more for the repetition of the phrase...do you want to listen all the way to the end of the Next Episode just to hear "smoke weed everyday" just once?

  • Christina||

    Well, I do love me some Nate Dogg, so I see the validity of your position.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Well, I do love me some Nate Dogg...

    So is the next stop the Eastside Motel?

  • Christina||

    Always. Though sometimes a remix is called for.

  • Robert||

    What do you think the next drug to be legalized will be?

  • Brandon||

    I've got my fingers crossed for mushrooms.

  • CE||

    The federal government and most of the state governments will have collapsed in fiscal ruin long before then, so they'll all be equally legal, although the word won't mean what it does now.

  • deified||

    MDMA to treat the PTSD of our returning soldiers.

  • waaminn||

    lol, I didnt realize pot was illegal? been smoking it daily for 30+ years now.

    www.Got-Anonz.tk

  • CE||

    So why didn't Governor Hickenlooper light one up and blow smoke and tell Obama, "miss this Barack?"

  • deified||

    You know Hickenlooper was publicly opposed to A64 when it was just an initiative, right?

    Pro-reform Coloradans didn't hesitate to point out that this was pretty rich coming from a brewer.

  • fried wylie||

    "miss this Barack?"

    "Living above the law, no, I don't miss it at all, if you follow my gist."

  • CE||

    Still, libertarian progress is a funny thing... one or two states start removing criminal penalties on one of our signature issues, only to tax, regulate and actually peddle the product themselves.... What happened to Republicans' "love of the free market" and Democrats' "love of individual rights"???

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Good luck, CO. I'm pullin' for ya.

    "And remember, while you're out there risking your life and limb through shot and shell, we'll be in be in here thinking what a sucker you are."

  • The Bearded Hobbit||

    I notice that the MSM is all over this story.

    ... Hobbit

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