Initiative 30, asking voters if marijuana should be legal without a prescription, will appear on Colorado ballots this November.
The debate is heating up across our state. It's been a hot button topic for years, and recreational use would allow anyone who's at least 21 access to the drug.
Medical marijuana has been a growing industry for Colorado. In 2009, El Paso County had roughly 30 dispensaries. Last year, the tally for medical marijuana shops was around one hundred fifty.
Supporters say this initiative to legalize it for non-medical users would bring in millions of dollars in tax revenue for the state.
A similar proposal failed 60-40 in 2006, but folks in our community are still split on the issue now.
"At a legalized limit then maybe there would be less danger to children because it being sold on the street illegally," a Colorado Springs resident said.
"From the information I've got I know it's very complicated, both side of it, but just that it is a gateway drug," another responded.
"It's a money maker. I mean taxes, just like, but better than alcohol because people are not nearly as stupid," another Springs resident added.
The initiative would allow people to grow marijuana at home as long it's kept in a closed and locked place away from public view. You could have up to six plants, but only three can be, what law makers consider, mature plants.
Much of what these activists are proposing are similar to the laws we abide by for alcohol use. Driving under the influence would still be illegal.
Supporters of the initiative originally submitted 163,632 signatures to the Secretary of State. Those initial signatures were found to be insufficient, but they submitted an additional 14,151 signatures on February 17. Those additions were accepted.
Barring a successful protest, the initiative will be numbered “Amendment 64.”
Washington state also has a marijuana legalization measure on ballots this November.