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Election Day in Colorado: Will Marijuana be Legalized?
Wed, 7 November, 2012
Colorado is a major swing state today. Helping to decide whom the next president of the United States could be is a huge role Colorado is filling on this November 6th. Another very significant decision riding on Colorado voters is whether or not Marijuana will be legalized for recreational use. This decision, as emphasized by the Huffington Post, “ending marijuana prohibition in the state, and forever altering a decades-long drug war.”
Colorado has long been a relatively zero-tolerance state, with respect to illegal Marijuana possession. Today, that could change completely. Marijuana legalization has been intensely debated for months preceding this Election Day. There are plenty of opinions being thrown around. The Huffington Post’s article quickly refers to the disproportionate impact of marijuana arrests on persons of color, and the frequency of marijuana arrests in the United States (one every 42 seconds, approximately).
Excitingly for pro-legalizers, the last poll that was taken before today, suggests that Amendment 64 has “a strong chance to pass” with 52% in support of the measure, and 44% in opposition. The highest percentage in support of the legalization measured in at 61%, with the disclaimer that Marijuana would be regulated similarly as alcohol and tobacco.
Another exciting facet to the potential legalization that goes beyond those simply for the measure, is the fact that this is an issue that goes beyond party lines. There are conservatives in support of the measure in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington, which are all considering measures that would end prohibition in their states, according to the Huffington Posts. True voters get to decide the direction of such barrier-breaking issues, and not only party power house. The Post doesn’t negate the remaining big unknown even if marijuana were to be legalized, that being whether the federal government would allow such regulative marijuana use.
***Update: Colorado Amendment 64 Passed in Colorado legalizing Marijuana for recreational use.
Ferner, Matt. “Amendment 64: Will Colorado Voters Legalize Marijuana on Election Day 2012?” The Huffington Post. 6 Nov, 2012.<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/06/amendment-64-will-colorad_n_2082260.html>