Amendment 64 Supporters React to Official Legalization
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Although the Department of Revenue has until July 1, 2013 to decide how to regulate marijuana, supporters of Amendment 64 say they're glad to see progress after Governor John Hickenlooper signed an executive order Monday, formalizing the amendment.
"It's an exciting step away from a prohibited market and towards a legal regulated market for marijuana which will reduce crime and which will reduce the amount of money that we're sending to Mexican drug cartels," said David Cox, former coordinator for Amendment 64.
"We certainly applaud the Governor for moving forward and making it clear that Coloradans will no longer be arrested simply for using marijuana in private," said Mason Tvert, co-director of Amendment 64.
The Colorado State Patrol also made a statement on Monday, reminding folks that although using marijuana is now legal in Colorado, driving while under the influence is still illegal.
"Drivers must realize that if you are stopped by law enforcement officials and it is determined that your ability to operate a motor vehicle has been affected to the slightest degree by drugs, alcohol or both, you may be arrested and subjected to prosecution under Colorado's DUI/DUID laws," said Colonel James Wolfinbarger, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol.
The federal government has yet to issue a statement regarding the recent legalization in Washington State and the State of Colorado.