Recreational Marijuana

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"CANNABIS" (marijuana grass weed hashish joint)In late 2012, Colorado’s Governor John Hickenlooper officially made Amendment 64 part of the state’s constitution. Perhaps, though, it would have been more appropriate to call it Amendment 420. What does the historic Amendment 64 do exactly? It unequivocally legalizes recreational marijuana use in the Centennial State.

Under Amendment 64, Colorado residents over the age of 21 can now legally purchase up to one ounce of marijuana for non-medical use. For any Coloradan stoner with a green thumb, it’s also legal to possess up to 6 marijuana plants. Oddly, the governor who passed A64 was personally opposed to the new measure. Fortunately, he still opted to sign the amendment into state law because he believed that it was necessary to respect the will of the citizenry in regards to recreational marijuana laws.

About a month before Colorado’s pro-pothead law went into effect on January 6 of this year (2013), a similar law went into effect in Washington on December 5. Washington’s Initiative 502, like A64, legalized the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana. As a result of this decriminalization move, District Attorneys in certain jurisdictions of both Washington and Colorado have announced their decisions to drop outstanding possession charges for small amounts of cannabis.

On the Blotter for the Seattle Police Department, SPD spokesman Jonah Spangenthal-Lee wrote, “The police department believes that, under state law, you may responsibly get baked, order some pizzas and enjoy a Lord of the Rings marathon in the privacy of your own home if you want to.”

Although federal law still makes recreational marijuana illegal, President Obama says that he doesn’t plan to prosecute recreational users in states like Washington and Colorado. He told ABC News, “We’ve got bigger fish to fry. It would not make sense for us to see a top priority as going after recreational users in states that have determined that it’s legal.” That’s probably a smart move, considering that in the last presidential election, more residents of the Centennial State voted for marijuana legalization than for Obama.

In 2012, legislators began lobbying for bills that would allow state law to supersede federal law in states where marijuana has been decriminalized. Thus, although the Feds don’t consider it legal just yet, the future of recreational marijuana looks bright (despite the haze of celebratory smoke rising from Washington and Colorado).

As of now, the specifics of state laws vary, but basically citizens of Colorado and Washington are allowed to grow and smoke limited amounts of marijuana. Marijuana sales, however, are only permitted by businesses with the appropriate recreational cannabis licenses, although certain cities and municipalities may opt out of licensing recreational marijuana dispensaries. Also, both states have completely decriminalized the sale of marijuana paraphernalia. Similar measures have been under discussion in a number of New England states, including Rhode Island, Maine, and Vermont. Whether or not these measures pass, they seem indicative of a fundamental shift in lawmakers’ views on marijuana use.

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