Our next summer vacation trip...? You guessed it, Colorado here we come!!!
“We won! We won!” supporters cried as the results were splashed across a giant screen.
Read more: Coloradans say yes to recreational use of marijuana - The Denver Post
Damn right you did!!! I plan to address this issue in depth at a later date. For now, it is time to start making some new vacation plans!!!
On a serious note, the victories of the legalization of marijuana in the states of Colorado and Washington state is a quiet serious progressive moment in history for the country. As we celebrate another quiet moment in history with the re-election of the first African American president of the United States.
As a number of people in the media and bloggers had noted, this battle is now likely to jump on the road to the Supreme Court within the next couple of years. I suspect with the successes in Colorado and Washington State, this issue might surface on more state ballots in the upcoming 2014 and 2016 elections. I expect a number of states who have already voted in favor of the use of Medicinal marijuana to now push for recreational use as the two states have done.
Aside from the huge projected revenues this is likely to bring to the two states, my hope is the decriminalization of marijuana will lead to a serious positive result of the reduction of the prison populations of the states. The marijuana laws need to be adjusted like the Alcohol laws have been adjusted. When you get stopped for a DUI due to Alcohol intoxication, unless you are a repeat offender in many states, you typically get your day in court, you might get a driving ban, and some other fines and penalties, but you do not always go right to jail.
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People celebrate in a Denver bar after a local television station announced the passage of Colorado's marijuana amendment on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012.
“The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will,” Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) said after the vote. “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.”
In response, Justice Department spokeswoman Nanda Chitre said in a statement: "The department's enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act remains unchanged. In enacting the Controlled Substances Act, Congress determined that marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance. We are reviewing the ballot initiatives and have no additional comment at this time."