DENVER – Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an Executive Order today formalizing Amendment 64 as part of the state Constitution and officially making the personal use, possession, and limited home-growing of marijuana legal for adults 21 and older. The governor also signed an Executive Order establishing a Task Force on the Implementation of Amendment 64 consisting of various government officials and other stakeholders, which will provide recommendations to the legislature on how to establish a legal market for businesses to cultivate and sell marijuana to adults.
Gov. Hickenlooper's announcement is available at: http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite?c=Page&childpagename=GovHickenlooper%2FCBONLayout&cid=1251634887823&pagename=CBONWrapper
Amendment 64, the initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol, was approved 55%-45% in last month's election.
Statement from Mason Tvert, director of communications at the Marijuana Policy Project and one of the two official proponents of Amendment 64:
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"This is a truly historic day. From this day forward, adults in Colorado will no longer be punished for the simple use and possession of marijuana. We applaud Gov. Hickenlooper for issuing this declaration in a timely fashion, so that adult possession arrests end across the state immediately.
We look forward to working with the governor's office and many other stakeholders on the implementation of Amendment 64. We are certain that this will be a successful endeavor, and Colorado will become a model for other states to follow."