Colorado and Washington Legalize Marijuana

Last night was an epic event, Obama was re-elected, and two states passed marijuana legalization.  During the summer we announced Washington’s I-502 campaign to legalize marijuana. That fact is now a reality as yesterday night Washington and Colorado voters hit the polls and voted yes on I-502 (Washington) and Amendment 64 (Colorado).

I-502 will allow those at least 21 years old to buy as much as one ounce (28 grams) of marijuana from a licensed retailer. Colorado’s measure (Amendment 64) allows possession of an ounce, and permits growing as many as six plants in private, secure areas.

“I’m going to go ahead and give my victory speech right now. After this I can go sit down and stop shaking,” said Alison Holcomb, I-502’s campaign manager and primary architect.

“Today the state of Washington looked at 75 years of national marijuana prohibition and said it is time for a new approach,” she said.

As of December 6th, not only will it be legal for adults 21 and over to possess an ounce of marijuana, but a new “drugged driving” law for marijuana impairment will also kick in.

Unlike the United States, legalizing marijuana in Canada is not up to the individual provinces but our federal government. However, now that these laws passed it would be interesting to see the outcome and impact it may have on British Columbia.

Do you think this will have any effect on our province? Should this be something the Canadian government should look into? What do you think?

Felix Kay,
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