What to Expect if Amendment 64 Passes
KREX News Room
DENVER- One controversial topic getting a lot of attention this election season is Amendment 64. NewsChannel5 learned more on what voters can expect if the bill is passed.
While the summary of Amendment 64 on the ballot is fairly brief, co-director of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, Mason Tvert, said the initiative took six months to draft.
The process involved receiving input and feedback from dozens of organization representatives, attorneys and business owners.
If it passes, it will almost immediately remove the criminal penalties for adults 21 years old and over possessing marijuana privately.
What won't happen immediately is marijuana shops opening up throughout Colorado.
State lawmakers would have this upcoming session to develop rules and laws to govern how to regulate these stores. Localities would also have the opportunity to regulate them as well.
Tvert said, "What we do is we give localities the ability to regulate these businesses, regulate how the products are sold, labeled, the security associated with them, the advertising. And then we also give them the ability to prohibit them if that's what they prefer."
Several things will not change if Amendment 64 is passed.
It will be just as illegal for anyone under 21 to possess marijuana as it is now. Also, it will be just as illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana.
A recent public policy poll revealed an increase in voters in favor of Amendment 64. It shows 53 percent in support, 43 percent opposed and 5 percent undecided.
Tune into NewsChannel 5 Monday at 5 and 6 p.m for full coverage on this issue.