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Governor signs Amendment 64, marijuana officially legal in Colorado

•, Will C. Holden and Thomas Hendric
 Just over a month after the citizens of Colorado voted overwhelmingly in favor of Amendment 64 to legalize marijuana for recreational use, Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper signed the Executive Order that makes an “official declaration of the vote.”

What does it mean?

“It formalizes the amendment as part of the state Constitution and makes legal the personal use, possession and limited home-growing of marijuana under Colorado law for adults 21 years of age and older,” the Governor’s office wrote in a press release.

That said, the release went on to say that that it is still illegal to buy or sell marijuana or to consume marijuana in public.
Confused? Don’t expect that feeling to become allayed anytime soon, the Governor’s office said.
Using marijuana is still prohibited under federal law. The federal Justice Department is still reviewing how it wants to handle the laws passed in Colorado and Washington, but U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado John Walsh said the department’s “responsibility to enforce the Controlled Substances Act remains unchanged.”

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