Colorados vote to legalize marijuana fires up doubters
Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, November, 8th 2012 by THCFinder
Don’t be surprised if a friend or relative soon announces a trip to Colorado.
It is pretty there. Rocky Mountains, old mining towns, ski resorts. Oh, and the state Tuesday became one of the first two in the country to legalize recreational marijuana.
Supposedly, you will soon be able to go into a store and buy pot like it’s a bag of 15-bean soup mix.
Denver could become like Amsterdam in the Netherlands. But then, so perhaps could the first farming town past Goodland, Kan., on Interstate 70. Just no canals. Maybe some irrigation.
Colorado’s Amendment 64 passed Tuesday with 53 percent approval. The new law allows anyone over 21 to go into a specialty retail store and buy up to an ounce of marijuana. Supporters in the state danced in the streets when the results became final.
They’re probably dancing elsewhere, too.
“You know people are going to drive to Colorado from Kansas City and a whole bunch of other places,” Larry Townsend told The Star on Wednesday.
He’s the sheriff of Wallace County in Kansas, right on the Colorado border. Don’t count him among the dancers.
“They will buy where it’s legal and as soon as they leave the state it’s going to be a crime. It’s going to be a terrible mess.”
Coulter deVries, a Kansas City lawyer who supports the legalization of marijuana, acknowledges that residents of other states will probably go to Colorado to stock up on pot, but he thinks what voters did there is a good thing. The new law also allows residents to grow up to six marijuana plants.
“Look, a lot of people smoke pot, and it’s ridiculous to throw them in jail when they get caught with it,” deVries said.
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Category: Nugs | Posted on Thu, November, 8th 2012 by THCFinder
Medical marijuana will likely resurface in Ark.
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, November, 8th 2012 by THCFinder
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas failed to become the first southern state to legalize medical marijuana this week, but the narrow loss didn't discourage the measure's supporters who said Wednesday they plan to tweak their proposal and try again.
"We'll try to get it through the General Assembly and if that doesn't work, we'll take it back to the people," said Chris Kell, campaign strategist for Arkansans for Compassionate Care, the group advocating for the medical marijuana measure.
Voters in Tuesday's election narrowly rejected the measure that would have allowed patients with qualifying conditions to buy marijuana from nonprofit dispensaries with a doctor's recommendation. More Arkansas voters cast ballots for the medical marijuana measure than they did for President Barack Obama, with more than 500,000 voters in favor of the marijuana issue and about 390,000 votes cast for Obama.
"I think this vote just shows that it's really not as controversial as everybody thought," Kell said.
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