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What You Need To Know About Getting High In Colorado And Washington

•, Michael Kelley

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D), who opposed Amendment 64, conceded defeat with a caveat: “The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will. 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.

Still, the elimination of penalties for possessing up to an ounce of marijuana (for persons 21 and older) takes effect as soon as Gov. Hickenlooper signs a proclamation certifying the results of the election—which he is required to do within 30 days

The big takeaway, as Jacob Sullum at Reason points out, is that adults in bothstates don't have to worry nearly as much about being busted for possession because the vast majority of arrests are made by state and local police.

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Comment by Ed Price
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What you really need to know about getting high in Colorado and Washington is this.

Illegal things fall into two categories. They are:
1. Things that are illegal because they harm people or damage people's property;
2. Things that are illegal because some politicians made a law.

So, into which category does marijuana fall? Does possessing marijuana harm anyone or destroy property? If you hold a joint in your hand, does that cause harm or death to people? Does it destroy personal property? Does the simple act of smoking the joint itself harm people or destroy property? You answer those questions for yourself.

My understanding is that holding a joint in your hand does no harm or damage. Even smoking a joint is no more threat than multitudes of things that people do daily... like driving cars for instance.

Are you beginning to see what legalizing marijuana really is? Rather than protecting people from something dangerous, it is simply another way that politicians are messing with your freedom.

Politicians found that they were having a hard time messing with your freedom by keeping possession illegal. But they still wanted to mess with your freedom. So they did it with the legalization process. They still are in control. You still don't have the freedom that you want. And it is even worse now. Why? Because you think that you have freedom now. But you really don't.

If you go to your kitchen in your house, do you have any cups, plates, bowls, spoons, forks or butter knives? Most folks probably have some of these, right? Can they be used to harm people? Is it possible to stab someone with a butter knife so that he dies? Is it possible to break a cup while knocking a person unconscious with it, and then use the sharp edges of the broken cup to cut his jugular so that he dies? Isn't it time that Government made all kitchen utensils illegal?

If Government really wanted to give you freedom with regard to marijuana use, they could simply repeal any laws regarding the substance. If your State REALLY wants to give you freedom regarding marijuana possession and use, they could enact laws barring the Feds from harassing you and arresting you for possession.

Legalization is simply a trick, being used by Government, to maintain control over your rights and freedoms.

Comment by Stupid Amerkin
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Well, there goes most of the adrenalin fixes, plundering and robbery for all the nazi drones in these states. Now maybe the federal regime drones can take up the slack, especially if their sheriff refuses to do his job to serve and protect the people in his county empire.  I can't wait to see what comes up next to side step this vote and continue their business as usual of robbery, plundering and even murder under the color of law.