Washington And Colorado Add To Legalization Momentum

They say if there’s no victim, there is no crime.  And clearly residents of Washington and Colorado agree.

As the first U.S. states to legalize recreational cannabis usage for adults over age 21, the states are paving the way for a forward momentum that can no longer be ignored.

Washington adults may buy much as one ounce (28 grams) from a licensed retailer.  Colorado’s measure also allows possession of up to an ounce, as well as the growing of as many as six plants in private.

With acceptance from two of three states that proposed forms of legalization on their Nov. 6 ballot, clearly the majority of people agree that prohibition is a waste of money, unsuccessful, and impeding on people’s rights. 

The Nov. 6 vote will start conversation and forward momentum, and pot-smoking will no longer be a topic that is shrugged off, or laughed at.  Even Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper now has to listen to voters’ opinions and respect cannabis as a legitimate civil rights topic.

“The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will,” Hickenlooper said, according to the NEW YORK NEWS DAILY.  “This will be a complicated process, but we intend to follow through. That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug so don’t break out the Cheetos or Goldfish too quickly.”

Perhaps America is more ready to make changes than ever before.   Previous legalization ballot attempts failed in California, Alaska, Oregon, Colorado and Nevada since 1972.

And there continues to be opposition against progress.

“The Department of Justice’s enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act remains unchanged,” said Jeff Dorschner on behalf of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Colorado. “We are reviewing the ballot initiative and have no additional comment at this time.”

But these two votes prove that people are ready for change, and a when there are enough voices, they can no longer be ignored.  And when the people want something, eventually they will get it.

“It’s very monumental,” said Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, a Washington-based group that advocates legalization. “No state has ever done this. Technically, marijuana isn’t even legal in Amsterdam.”