On Tuesday, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed several historic measures to implement marijuana legalization in the state, establishing Colorado as the world’s first legal, regulated and taxed marijuana market for adults.
Hickenlooper, a vocal opponent of marijuana legalization who said that “Colorado is known for many great things, marijuana should not be one of them,” signed the first bills in history to establish a legal marijuana market as well as starting the development of a regulatory framework for the cultivation, distribution, and processing of industrial hemp.
“Recreational marijuana really is new territory,” Hickenlooper said at Tuesday’s signing. And although the governor has expressed opposition to marijuana legalization in the past, he called today’s pot bills “common sense,” the AP’s Kristen Wyatt reported.
Jack Finlaw, Hickenlooper’s chief legal counsel, said although they were opposed to marijuana legalization, “the will of the voters needed to be implemented.”
“We applaud Gov. Hickenlooper for the initiative he has taken to ensure the world’s first legal marijuana market for adults will entail a robust and comprehensive regulatory system” said Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, who served as an official proponent of Amendment 64 and co-director of the campaign in Colorado. “This marks another major milestone in the process of making the
much-needed transition from a failed policy of marijuana prohibition to a more sensible system of regulation.”
Tvertd added: “Colorado is demonstrating to the rest of the nation that it is possible to adopt a marijuana policy that reflects the public’s increasing support for making marijuana legal for adults. Marijuana prohibition is on its way out in Colorado, and it is only a matter of time before many more states follow its lead.”
House Bill 1317 and Senate Bill 283, set up the regulatory framework for Colorado dictating how recreational marijuana should be grown, packaged and sold.
Colorado adults, 21 and over, will be limited to purchasing up to an ounce of marijuana for recreational use from specialty licensed retail shops that can also sell pot-related items such as pipes and accessories. Coloradans can also grow up to six plants — with only three flowering at a given time — in their home for personal use. Adults can possess up to an ounce of marijuana legally. …
Each state could have its own unique laws. I do support legalized pot, even though the smallest wiff of the stuff makes me nauseous. Tax it and use the money to fix all the deteriorating roads and bridges.