Marijuana Is Now Legal In The State Of Colorado
It is blowing my mind to say this, but marijuana is now legal in a state in America. I get to fly to Colorado tomorrow, and I will be flying into the first official state that legalized marijuana in America. Colorado Amendment 64 has passed. This is a historic day. Kudos to all that helped, big ups to the staff, to the volunteers, to the voters, etc. MARIJUANA IS NOW LEGAL IN COLORADO, SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS!!!
From Brian Vicente, Mason Tvert, and Betty Aldworth who ran the Amendment 64 campaign:
The results are in...and we've won! Once the results for Amendment 64 are certified, marijuana will be legal in the state of Colorado. I can't thank you enough for everything you've done to make this possible.
This is an historic night that means a lot to many people.
Our victory means the end of over 10,000 arrests every year for simple marijuana possession.
Our victory means we've set our state's priorities straight. Colorado's law enforcement resources will shift toward fighting violent crime, while taxes on the sale of marijuana will go toward rebuilding our public schools rather than funding violent drug cartels.
Our victory means people who choose to use marijuana will be treated as law-abiding, tax-paying citizens, not as criminals.
And make no mistake: Our victory tonight will change this country. We have put a serious dent in the armor of our federal government's decades-old failed war on marijuana. Citizens in other states now know that if Coloradans can change their laws, they can too. Politicians are now realizing that making marijuana legal is in fact a mainstream, majority-support issue, and will begin to champion our position.
Today's results affirm that when it comes to marijuana policy, we've reached a tipping point. Every day, more and more people are joining our side. So long as we keep working hard and speaking out, we will win in more and more states and at the national level, too.
Thanks again for being part of this movement to end marijuana prohibition. Tonight, as we celebrate this historic victory, let's be sure to raise a glass to the safer choice.
CBS Colorado Affiliate
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition's Reaction Below:
This is what we've been waiting for! According to the local NBC affiliate,voters in Colorado just made their state the first ever to legalize marijuana.
Here's what LEAP speaker Tony Ryan, a 36 year veteran of the Denver police department, has to say:
"Tonight, Colorado voters made history by passing the first marijuana legalization law in the country. As a law enforcement professional who arrested more people for marijuana than I'd like to admit, I've been waiting years for this day. Tonight I'm proud to say that my home state is the first to strike a blow against decades of marijuana prohibition. Now we must seize the momentum kickstarted by voters tonight and make sure that more lawmakers take action in state legislatures and on the congressional level."