Colorado Marijuana Legalization Campaign Begins Petition Drive

Thursday in Colorado a broad coalition of organizations officially launched the petition drive to put the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012 on the ballot next November. To get on the ballot, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol will need to gather 86,000 valid signatures over the next 180 days.

According to the campaign, the amendment to the state’s Constitution would (the full legal text can be found here):

In 2006 a similar ballot measure to legalize marijuana, Amendment 44, was rejected by the people of Colorado in a vote of 41% yes-59% no. Yet between 2006 and 2010, nationally an amazing 10 percent more Americans now support marijuana legalization. The continued rapid growth in support for marijuana legalization combined with the fact that 2012 is a presidential year election (which means higher youth turnout) should give this current effort a much better chance of succeeding.

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