Amendment 64: “The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012” Could Easily Pass in Colorado
Amendment 64 on the ballot November 6, will allow regulation and legal possession of marijuana, and offers other provisions in a regulated and taxable distribution, hence the name of the measure, “The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012."
The title says it all — Amendment 64 on the ballot for the 2012 vote this November 6, will allow for the regulation of marijuana, legal possession of marijuana, and even offers provisions to grow and store marijuana in a regulated and taxable manner, hence the name of the measure, “The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012.”
While there will always be opponents to amendments like these, so far most media outlets are reporting that the overall voter perception of this amendment within Colorado is quite good, and for the first time, it may have a very good chance of passing with a winning vote.
A major concern for local law enforcement comes across the Colorado border—in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where after November 6, 2012, marijuana will still be illegal regardless of the outcome of the election or vote. How will officers and other officials keep the streets of Wyoming clean? How will they dissuade locals from partaking just across the border, and how will they punish those who can’t steer clear of marijuana?
According to the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Amendment 64 will allow residents from any state to purchase marijuana, so the issue of bringing it back into Wyoming is a real one. Local Cheyenne Chief of Police Brian Kozak stated that those who come across the border with marijuana will be arrested and taken to jail, just as they would have before the amendment was voted on. But can’t Wyoming residents just learn how to pass a drug test and learn how to cross the border with their haul just as they did before? Would the neighboring state not be better off to simply regulate marijuana in the same way? Many locals feel it may be easier—and better for local economies anyway.
Cheyenne resident Bruce Dryer stated, “If you know how to pass a drug test and drive a car things won’t be changing…I personally think it’s pretty funny that folks here think this would be a new problem. People here smoke weed as much as anywhere else.” The Wyoming News noted that the DEA rarely goes after individuals or those who are using recreationally, so it is quite unlikely that Chief Kozak’s statement should greatly concern locals who keep to themselves and who are otherwise law abiding citizens not out to create disruption. Laramie County district attorney Craig Jones does suggest there could be more DUIs in Wyoming, but that this would likely only be the case if routine traffic stops go up as a result.
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