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Marijuana Now Officially Legal in Colorado

Marijuana is now legal under Colorado law. On November 6th the people of Colorado voted overwhelmingly in support of Amendment 64, but initiative amendments don’t officially go into effect until the election results have been certified and the governor adds the amendment to the state’s constitution. On Monday Governor John Hickenlooper (D) signed the executive order making it officially the law in Colorado. From the Governor’s Office:

Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed an Executive Order that makes an “official declaration of the vote” related to Amendment 64. That declaration formalizes the amendment as part of the state Constitution and makes legal the personal use, possession and limited home-growing of marijuana under Colorado law for adults 21 years of age and older.

It is still illegal under state law to buy or sell marijuana in any quantity and to consume marijuana in public or in a way that endangers others.

“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.”

It is now legal for adults over the age of 21 to possess up to an ounce of marijuana. It is also legal for adults to grow a limited amount of marijuana for their personal use.

Amendment 64 will even allow the for the highly regulated production and retail sale of marijuana, but it will be over a year before those changes are implemented. The state will need to write new regulations first before such a system can be put in place.

Colorado has now become the second state where it is legal for adults to smoke marijuana. Last week Initiative 502 took effect in Washington State.

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Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is now living in the Washington DC area. He created a politics and policy blog, The Walker Report (