Marijuana Activists Turn In Petition

By: AP
By: AP

DENVER (AP) -- The campaign to make marijuana legal in Colorado chose women activists to turn in petition signatures seeking a ballot question to challenge federal drug law on marijuana.

The Campaign To Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol turned in some 160,000 signatures Wednesday in favor of the ballot initiative. The measure would make pot possession legal in small amounts for adults over 21, without a doctor's recommendation.

Women who talked up the measure argued that marijuana is not as harmful as alcohol and that adults should be allowed to use pot recreationally.

The state has 30 days to certify signatures and decide whether the pot measure will be on ballots. If approved, the marijuana question would be the first cleared for Colorado's 2012 election.

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  • by Buzz Lighter on Jan 5, 2012 at 11:16 AM
    Some say it's practically legal already as anyone can obtain a license, and the State hasn't fallen apart... So why not take the next step and let it help the local economy? Reality check: No matter how Colorado votes, it's the DEA who will make the final decision...
  • by T Location: C/S on Jan 4, 2012 at 05:16 PM
    160,00 signatures? Isn't that about the population of the Peoples Republic of Boulder?
  • by Common Sense Location: C/S on Jan 4, 2012 at 10:42 AM
    "The measure would also direct lawmakers to put a steep excise tax on marijuana" Which means there will still be a huge market for cheaper, non-taxed "illegal" pot.
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      by Underdog6 on Jan 4, 2012 at 06:41 PM in reply to Common Sense
      An excise tax of 15% will be levied on sale of recreational marijuana. The first $40 million of these taxes will go to the public school capital construction fund. Item 5. (d)
  • by LOLZ on Jan 3, 2012 at 02:55 PM
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      by Underdog6 on Jan 4, 2012 at 06:46 PM in reply to LOLZ
      Regulating this industry would eliminate much of the market for these dangerous illegal operations.
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