In an unprecedented move the two United States of Colorado and Washington voted to end their prohibition of cannabis for recreational use.
Amendment 64 – the measure seeking the legalization of marijuana for recreational use by adults was passed by Colorado voters, making Colorado the first state to end marijuana prohibition in the United States. Although November 2012 marks the legalization of pot in the state of Colorado, policy makers and government officials have warned that, although they do fully intend to follow through with the promises of this law, it will still take at least a year before pot can be legally purchased. Tokers in the state have been warned “not to break out the Cheetos yet”, although this groundbreaking decision will definitely be watched very closely by other US States and the rest of the international and cannabis communities.
This is the second vote that people in the state of Colorado have had in regards to the legalization of marijuana in the past decade. In 2006 the State voted not to reform their marijuana laws. In 2012 though, the decision to legalize marijuana passed.
On the same night that Colorado passed Amendment 64, Washington state passed Initiative 502. This law will regulate and tax the sales of small amounts of marijuana for adults in the state of Washington. Under Amendment 64, marijuana is taxed and regulated similar to alcohol and tobacco. It gives state and local governments the ability to control and tax the sale of small amounts of marijuana to adults age 21 and older.
Some experts have projected that that tax revenue could generate somewhere between $5 million and $22 million a year in the state of Colorado.
It is still unsure if the United States re-elected President Barack Obama and the US federal government will uphold the legal changes in the two states, however this is a huge step forward for marijuana reform in the United States and worldwide.
Amendment 64 Passes: Colorado Legalizes Marijuana For Recreational Use
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