Colorado Launches Petition Drive to Legalize Marijuana
Colorado marijuana activists officially launched a petition drive yesterday to get an initiative on the 2012 ballot to amend the Colorado Constitution to legalize adult possession of marijuana for personal use.
The initiative is called The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012 and you can read the text here.
86,000 valid signatures are needed to make the ballot, a relatively small number. In 2006, Colorado voters rejected a similar initiative. Will the growth and acceptance of medical marijuana in the state change the result this time around?
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The new version directs state lawmakers to add an excise tax of up to 15 percent on recreational pot, in addition to sales taxes. The amendment would direct those excise taxes to public schools.
This year's Colorado pot amendment also would say that pot cannot be used while driving and limits possession to 1 ounce. It bans marijuana use in public. Colorado's 2006 measure didn't mention taxing or regulating pot, and it didn't set limits on its use.
If it passes, Colorado will become the first state in the country to legalize recreational use of marijuana.
If you'd like to get involved in helping the initiative get on the ballot, here's the campaign's website.
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