Debate Over Legalizing Marijuana Heats Up

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Pretty soon we all have a decision to make about marijuana. When you go to the polls in November, are you willing to legalize it? That was the question up for debate Monday night between the sheriff and a pro-marijuana activist.

Held at the campus of UCCS, and in a crowd made up mostly of college students, marijuana activists stressed the regulation of the drug- should it become legal.

"Marijuana is a substance that can be effectively and safely sold in this state and it can be effectively and safely sold, it's taxed in communities for sick people, why can't it be for adults 21 and over," activist Brian Vicente said.

Vicente and El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa squared off about Amendment 64. It will appear on the November ballot, asking about the legalization of marijuana for those over the age of 21. The sheriff argued that unlike alcohol, pot can't be regulated.

"What constitutes a scientific level of driving under the influence? We couldn't agree on it, couldn't determine it, so here we go into another legislative session where we can't treat it like alcohol," Maketa said.

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Both sides said we should all be prepared for this debate to continue and heat up as we are now just over a month away from seeing this amendment on our ballots.

If the amendment passes, it would legalize marijuana use for adults 21 and older, and allow them to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants in their homes.

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