Governor signs Amendment 64, marijuana officially legal in Colorado

Posted: December 10, 2012 in States Rights
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Posted on: 12:14 pm, December 10, 2012, by  and updated on: 02:53pm, December 10, 2012

 

DENVER — Go ahead and bust out the Cheetos and Goldfish, Colorado. Marijuana is now legal in the Centennial State.

Just over a month after the citizens of Colorado voted overwhelmingly in favor of Amendment 64 to legalize marijuana for recreational use, Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper signed the Executive Order that makes an “official declaration of the vote.”

What does it mean?

“It 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,” the Governor’s office wrote in a press release.

That said, the release went on to say that that it is still illegal to buy or sell marijuana or to consume marijuana in public.

 

Confused? Don’t expect that feeling to become allayed anytime soon, the Governor’s office said.

pollen-burst-berry-burstYes, using weed is still prohibited under federal law. But with the appointment of the Task Force on the Implementation of Amendment 64, also announced Monday, the Governor hopes that the rules about how marijuana regulation in Colorado will soon be established.

“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.”

The Task Force will be co-chaired by Jack Finlaw, the Governor’s Chief Legal Counsel, and Barbara Brohl, the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Revenue. There will be 24 total members on the group.

According to the press release, issues that the task force will address include:

  • The need to amend current state and local laws regarding the possession, sale, distribution or transfer of marijuana and marijuana products to conform them to Amendment 64’s decriminalization provisions
  • The need for new regulations for such things as security requirements for marijuana establishments and for labeling requirements
  • Education regarding long-term health effects of marijuana use and harmful effects of marijuana use by those under the age of 18
  • The impact of Amendment 64 on employers and employees and the Colorado economy.

The task force holds its first public meeting on December 17 and must report its recommendations to the governor’s office no later than February 28.

 

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