Marijuana Now Legal in Colorado
Governor had til Jan. 5 to make it so, but saw no point in waiting
By Newser Editors, Newser Staff | Suggested by AstroDude
Posted Dec 10, 2012 7:50 PM CST
In this Nov. 6, 2012 file photo, people attending an Amendment 64 watch party celebrate after a local television station announced the marijuana amendment's passage in Denver.   (Brennan Linsley)

(Newser) – Feeding unsuspecting classmates pot brownies still isn't legal in Colorado, but smoking pot for your own recreational use now is, after Gov. John Hickenlooper today took the purposely low-key procedural step of declaring the voter-approved change part of the state constitution. Hickenlooper, a Democrat, opposed the measure but had no veto power over the voter-approved amendment to the state constitution. He tweeted his declaration today and sent an executive order to reporters by email after the fact.

He said he didn't want to make a big deal about the proclamation, a decision that prevented a countdown to legalization as seen in Washington. He technically had until Jan. 5 to declare marijuana legal, but told reporters he didn't see the point in waiting. "If the voters go out and pass something and they put it in the state constitution, by a significant margin, far be it from myself or any governor to overrule. I mean, this is why it's a democracy, right?" Hickenlooper said. Adults over 21 in Colorado may now possess up to an ounce of marijuana, or six plants. Public use and sale of the drug remain illegal.

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Fransico-2012
Dec 14, 2012 9:55 PM CST
Freedom of guns, marijuana ownership? = real democracy? or real anarchy?
Fransico-2012
Dec 14, 2012 9:53 PM CST
1)....Not quite seeing why big tobacco would enter that market. (Teddy-bloat). What if the tobacco companies make special marijuana cigarettes reserved for the dopes?
Fransico-2012
Dec 14, 2012 9:48 AM CST
GOOD NEWS: In America, happiness doesn't come from activities in life, sports, humanity, religion, love, work, good relationship, but from passive activities, MARIJUANA and other drugs, and substance abuse.