Friday, May 20, 2011

Colorado Advocates Submit Eight Marijuana Legalization Initiatives for 2012 Ballot

HuffPost Denver is reporting that Colorado marijuana advocacy groups Marijuana Policy Project, The Drug Policy Alliance, SAFER and Sensible Colorado have all joined forces to develop and submit eight different versions of a ballot initiate to fully legalize marijuana in the state.

There are eight different versions of the initiative so that the state review board will have options and be able to choose the initiative with the proper language, but all of them will accomplish roughly the same goal: Making marijuana fully legal for consumption by all Colorado residents 21 years of age and older and allowing them to grow up to six plants. Every version of the initiative would make it illegal to sell home-grown marijuana and would prohibit public use.

The initiatives also mention a 15 percent tax on all sales of marijuana which advocates estimate could raise $35 million a year in state revenue.

Some have called Colorado the next big battleground for pot legalization after Proposition 19 failed to pass in California last year.

I want to wish all my fellow marijuana advocates in Colorado good luck on their efforts in 2012. This could open the floodgates for the rest of the country to follow suit. We'll be watching closely.
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