The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will. This will be a complicated process, but we intend to follow through. That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug, so don’t break out the Cheetos or Goldfish too quickly.”
Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) after Amendment 64, which allows recreational use of marijuana in the state of Colorado, passed on Tuesday.
The law states that adults 21 and older will be able to possess up to an ounce of marijuana for private use and grow up to six marijuana plants.
The law also calls for regulation of the new industry, which John Ingold at The Denver Post reports is less straightforward than the legalization. Matt Cook, the man who wrote Colorado’s medical marijuana business regulations and former Revenue Department enforcement director, says that regulation will be possible fairly quickly.
"The concept of regulating an industry is fairly easy if you’re given the resources needed to do it," Cook says in Ingold’s article.
Like Gov. Hickenlooper, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, a Republican, has also promised to help implement the legislation. Both warn against a federal intervention.
A similar law, Initiative 502, passed in Washington on Tuesday. 502 decriminalizes marijuana possession, essentially legalizing it. In Oregon, a weed-legalizing ballot initiative, Measure 80, failed.