Coloradoans May Soon Vote on Marijuana Legalization

The drive to gather enough signatures to put a referendum legalizing marijuana for personal use recently wrapped up, with enough signatures brought in to put the measure on the 2012 November ballot, according to a recent article in The New American.marijuana-bush_1429104.jpg

The measure that will appear on the ballot would allow adults age 21 and over to use marijuana for recreational purposes as well as medical ones. Adults 21 or older would be allowed to have up to one ounce of marijuana for personal use and be allowed to raise up to six plants. The bill also creates a system for state government to regulate certain businesses to sell marijuana, and earmarks the first $40 million in tax and license revenue from these businesses to go to the state’s public schools. Individual communities would still be allowed to ban marijuana-selling businesses, if they wish.

A similar measure was turned down by Colorado voters in 2006, but it did not specify how marijuana should be sold and it did not give communities the power that the new measure does. Recent polls in Colorado and nationwide indicate that support for legalizing personal marijuana use is increasing. If this measure passes, it will make Colorado the first state in the nation to legalize marijuana use for more than medicinal reasons.

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