Gov. Hickenlooper Signs Executive Order for Amendment 64
KREX News Room
DENVER - Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed Amendment 64 into the state Constitution. Recreational use of marijuana is now legal in Colorado.
Hickenlooper's declaration, a procedural step, means that marijuana is effectively legal for recreational use in Colorado Monday. The drug became legal in Washington state last week.
The Governor also signed an executive order to establish a Task Force who will be asked to figure out how to establish a legal market for businesses to sell marijuana to anyone 21 and older.
"This Task Force is a way for us to hear a lot of different points of view and hopefully come up with a set of policies and regulations that reflect at least some consensus," explained Hickenlooper.
The Democratic governor said voters were ``loud on clear'' when they voted last month to make pot legal without a doctor's recommendation. Adults over 21 may now possess up to an ounce of marijuana, or six plants.
Colorado and Washington officials both have asked the U.S. Department of Justice for guidance on the laws that conflict with federal drug law. Neither state will allow commercial sales for a year or more.