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Proponents Submit Signatures To Put Marijuana Legalization On Colorado Ballot

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colorado cannabisVoter Initiative Would Generate New Revenue, and Increase Public Safety

Denver — Denver-based activists submitted over 159,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s office today, well over the 86,500 required to put a marijuana legalization initiative on the state’s Presidential ballot in November. The initiative is being spearheaded by Brian Vicente and Mason Tvert of Sensible CO and SAFER CO respectively.

“This is a job well done and a crucial first step to ensure Coloradans have a chance to make history,” said Art Way, Colorado Manager of the Drug Policy Alliance, which supports the measure. “There’s simply no denying the intense groundswell for change.”

Last year polling revealed 54 percent of CO voters favor responsible regulation of marijuana for adults as opposed to the current prohibition and its many consequences. Moreover, 2011 marked the first time the nation supported marijuana legalization according to the latest Gallop Poll. The most recent poll in from Public Policy Polling reveals independents in CO support legalization 54/34 and the state as a whole 49/40, with the rest undecided.

The Colorado Marijuana Initiative does not allow public consumption, nor amend current employment and traffic safety laws. A savings of over $120 million is likely once Colorado ends marijuana prohibition — the state spends nearly $80 million enforcing prohibition while forgoing upwards of $40 million in possible new revenue.

“This initiative is another indication that Colorado is moving away from non-sustainable drug policies that don’t benefit society at large,” said Way. “The selective enforcement of marijuana prohibition and the often undue collateral consequences associated with prohibition should impel all who believe in individual liberty to support this initiative.”

From The Drug Policy Alliance

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  1. I must admit some ignorance about Initiative 30 (by the way, I’m in Colorado and a “patient,” as well)…  I drink beer.  I also brew my own.  Colorado doesn’t require me to register my little 5-gallon “operation” because I don’t produce on a large scale nor do I sell what I brew.  If Initiative 30 passes, and marijuana were indeed regulated like alcohol, wouldn’t that mean that I could have a few plants or an ounce in my home, free of State interference, if I kept it small-scale, didn’t sell, and consumed it all by myself?

  2. As a Colorado marijuana smoker I do not support ‘Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol’ – Initiative 30 Colorado 2012. The measure has nothing to do with legalization and everything to do with setting up a tightly regulated and monitored distribution system monitored by the Department of Revenue. The Initiative makes new laws for Driving Under the Influence of Cannabis which currently don’t exist and takes particular aim at 18 – 21 by creating a separate felony category for this age group for using cannabis with friends. Visit http://highcountrycaregiver.com/wordpress/2012/01/vote-no-regulate-marijuana-like-alcohol/ for our take on this Initiative that is False Legalization for Colorado.

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