Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has indicated that the state of Colorado is prepared to honor the will of people and legalize marijuana in Colorado for recreational use on Tuesday. With voters overwhelmingly passing Amendment 64, anyone over age 21 may possess up to one ounce of cannabis.
Not only can you possess it, but you can give as a gift up to one ounce of marijuana to any other person 21 or over (a sure way to make friends) or even grow up to six (6) mature pot plants (must be in an enclosed, locked place)
Like alcohol regulations, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana is a criminal offense.
Hickenlooper has called U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to discuss the federal response to Amendment 64. (and a similar successful ballot measure in Washington State)
The ballot initiatives give some cover for Holder and Obama. Unknown is whether Holder will remain for a second Obama term. Holder has been on the defensive lately, following the “Fast and Furious” fiasco.
He could go out with a bang, if he abandon’s federal marijuana enforcement in states where pot is legal under state law.
Hickenlooper has played the populist card before – and rode it all the way to the governor’s hosue. In 2006 he was the Mayor of Denver when a similar ballot measure legalizing marijuana passed. Although Hickenlooper opposed legalization, he successfully implemented the policy, making Denver the first big city to allow possession of marijuana.
Compared to Colorado and Washington State, Maryland, D.C. and Virginia are in the dark ages of marijuana enforcement policy. Perhaps a successful transition in these two western states will clear the path for marijuana reform here. Stay tuned.