On Tuesday, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed several historic measures to implement marijuana legalization in the state, establishing Colorado as the world’s first legal, regulated and taxed marijuana market for adults.” – The Huffington Post
In November 2012, cities and states all across America voted to legalize marijuana. Since then, legislation has been moving to enact measures to ensure the people have been heard. We’ve seen changes to legislation in our own cities like those in Grand Rapids, Michigan. However, this Tuesday, Colorado has made a big jump for the marijuana movement.
Governor Hickenlooper summed it all up, “Recreational marijuana really is new territory.” While the governor has openly opposed the legalization of recreational marijuana, he called the bills he signed on Tuesday, “common sense.”
It won’t be long now. On or around January 1, 2014, Colorado residents twenty-one and older will be able to purchase marijuana to be used recreationally from exclusively licensed retail shops. Shops that offer the controlled substance and will also be able to sell related items including pipes and accessories. The state will state will receive tax revenues on every ounce of marijuana sold. In addition, residents of Colorado will be able to grow their own plants with certain restrictions.
Major Overhaul Needed to Legalize Marijuana
The people have spoken, but it has been hard for legislation to follow. Legalizing marijuana means a major overhaul of many bills and laws. Mason Tvert, director of communications for the Marijuana Policy Project was quoted by the Huffington Post as stating,
Colorado is demonstrating to the rest of the nation that it is possible to adopt a marijuana policy that reflects the public’s increasing support for making marijuana legal for adults. Marijuana prohibition is on its way out in Colorado, and it is only a matter of time before many more states follow its lead.”
The nation and Michigan will be watching to see how Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana plays out.
What do you think? Do you think this is a good move by Colorado? Do you think Michigan will follow suit? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.