Pot smokers rejoice, for now.
Colorado voted YES on Amendment 64, a ballot measure which will allow adults 21 and older to possess as much as an ounce of pot – for recreational use. Can you say instant issue for newly re-elected President Obama’s Justice Department? The amendment’s passage triggers an immediate standoff with the federal government and federal statutes prohibiting marijuana possession and use.
On the political front, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think this vote had at least a small hand in CO going Obama’s way. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Obama voters are all pot smokers. What I am saying is the youth turnout is sure to be up and that means more votes for BO. We will have to wait and see how the demographics played out before we draw the conclusion all Obama supporters are pot smokers.
On the seemingly unrelated sports front, big day for University of Colorado football. With college football players across the country getting hammered with suspensions and expulsions for violating existing drug policies, this is a huge recruiting get for the Buffaloes. Why pot is such a draw for the football community is lost on me, but to ignore it is to bury your head in the sand. I’m half joking and half completely serious. (Google “College Football Marijuana”) Top 25 here they come.
CBS DENVER: The amendment allows adults over 21 to possess as much as an ounce of pot. It also allows people to grow as many as six pot plants in secure, private areas.
Supporters believe legalization will generate tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue for Colorado.
The approval of the amendment puts Colorado in defiance of federal drug law.
“It’s still against federal law,” Gov. John Hickenlooper told CBS News anchor Scott Pelley about an hour later. “I’m not sure we can make it as legal as the voters would like us to do. But clearly the will of the voters spoke.”
Hickenlooper, who opposed the measure, said it’s “not immediately apparent” how the amendment will hold up against the national law.
Jeff Dorschner, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office released a statement after the measure’s passage, saying the “Department of Justice’s enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act remains unchanged.”
“In enacting the Controlled Substances Act, Congress determined that marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance. We are reviewing the ballot initiative and have no additional comment at this time,” Dorschner said.