Three Ballot Measures Would OK Pot Beyond Medicine

Marijuana legalization is back on the ballot this year. California voters defeated a legalization proposal in 2010, but now similar measures have cropped up in three more Western states. This time around, some of the most intense opposition is coming from the earlier pioneers of legalization — the medical marijuana industry.

In Colorado, Amendment 64 “would regulate marijuana much like alcohol,” says Howard Wooldridge, a retired police detective from Texas and a longtime campaigner for marijuana legalization. He has come to Greeley, Colo., to wave a sign for the measure. “This would free up precious police resources to go after real criminals, drunk drivers, etc., as opposed to wasting time on a green plant,” he says.

Colorado already has a big medical marijuana industry, but this amendment to the state Constitution takes things further. It would allow people older than 21 to possess limited amounts of the drug for recreational use. People would be allowed to grow the plant for personal use, and the state would be directed to license and tax marijuana stores.

The amendment is ahead in the polls, but that lead is eroding as it gets more pushback from business groups. “We don’t want to become the pot capital of the United States,” says Roger Sherman, who runs the “Vote No” campaign. “That’s not the image our economic development leaders want to use to attract businesses and conventions and tourists.”

Luckily for those business groups, Colorado has competition in the race to legalize pot. Oregon has a similar ballot measure, though it’s not polling well. Passage is looking likely, though, in Washington.

– Read the entire article at National Public Radio.

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  1. Anonymouse on

    “We don’t want to become the pot capital of the United States,” – Roger Sherman

    Since the feds crackdown in California’s Bay Area and Los Angeles, Colorado’s medical marijuana industry is leading the nation. Mr Sherman, Colorado has already become the pot capitol of the U.S.

    The expansion of consciousness can no longer be detained. Resistance is futile…

  2. Anonymous on

    Yes, but they are fine with wanting to be the beer capital of the world via Coors. I will be planning my ski trip to either Colorado or Washington after the election. Ah yes, tourist dollars.

  3. Anonymous on

    dont want to be the pot capital of the states, but yet they are fine with people getting drunk, drinking and driving, and murders… oh wait thats the entire usa not just colorado…. WEED has done no harm except for the harm the government has done…. get over the lies old farts and look at the truth, the 2 most deadly things are 100% legal smokes and booze. If the states never existed marijuana would still be legal. STOP Terrorising the world USA

  4. Anonymous on

    dont want to be the pot capital of the states, but yet they are fine with people getting drunk, drinking and driving, and murders… oh wait thats the entire usa not just colorado…. WEED has done no harm except for the harm the government has done…. get over the lies old farts and look at the truth, the 2 most deadly things are 100% legal smokes and booze. If the states never existed marijuana would still be legal. STOP Terrorising the world USA

  5. Anonymous on

    It’s about time! How can the government keep a medicine that does more good than ANY medication on the planet be illegal????