Support for Colorado’s Amendment 64 to legalize and regulate marijuana in the same way as alcohol, is leading in recent polls. According to the poll conducted by the Denver Post, 51 percent support Amendment 64, with 40 percent opposed and 8 percent undecided.
Register to vote and get your facts straight before voting on Amendment 64 in November. Then consider the economic consequences of legal pot.
Regulating and legalizing this sustainable plant opens the door to countless resources and legitimate tax-paying business opportunities. Instead of taking from the community, regulation would give back and redistribute funds to local Colorado businesses. Amendment 64 offers a vote on a safer alternative to alcohol.
Marijuana is a non-addictive stimulant that doesn’t cause cancer. There are no deaths attributed to cannabis use alone. It is common sense to not operate machinery or drive a car while on the medicine prescribed.
Gov. John Hickenlooper opposes Amendment 64 and the potential benefits it could bring to the state, saying it could end up in the hands of children.
Safeguards must be in place for children, who won’t be able to obtain marijuana if the state controls the sale of the product. Treating marijuana resources like more harmful substances such as alcohol or tobacco to create state tax revenue is reasonable.
It is absurd for Hickenlooper to think increased regulation on the proper sale of pot would get more drugs in the hands of children. Parents everywhere need to take responsibility for raising their children and educate them about drug use.
Remember 4/20 in Boulder this year, when three students were charged with trespassing? Charges were dropped last week after the trio volunteered to perform community service. And they are — for SAFER, a non-profit supporter of Amendment 64.
Due to it’s prohibition, reefer has been considered a “gateway drug” which is linked to black market suppliers. Illegal commerce in pot strengthens organized crime and boosts bank accounts of dangerous drug cartels. Legalization would promote businesses that could profit, hire people and pay taxes, which could benefit the economy tremendously.