Unlike Washington’s legalization measure I-502, Amendment 64 had no specific date for when it would go into effect. It was merely waiting for the governor’s action to declare it part of the constitution, something he had to accomplish by January 5, 2013.
Today, Gov. Hickenlooper officially proclaimed the Amendment to be law, so there was no way supporters could know when they would gather to celebrate the law going into effect like we did in Washington. I imagine there are plenty of celebratory bowls being passed around right now.
Using marijuana for recreational use is now effectively legal in Colorado.
Hickenlooper, a Democrat, opposed the measure but had no veto power over the voter-approved amendment to the state constitution.
“Voters were loud and clear on Election Day,” Hickenlooper in a statement.
Adults over 21 in Colorado may now possess up to an ounce of marijuana, or six plants. Commercial sale of the drug remains illegal until Colorado lawmakers set up a system of regulation and taxation next year. Public use of marijuana use is not allowed.
Washington tokers can possess an ounce, but they have nowhere to get it. They cannot grow it for themselves and they have nowhere legal to purchase it. They cannot even legally give it to one another.
But they can in Colorado. So, considering that TSA has already said they aren’t concerned with marijuana, a Seattle resident could conceivably catch a flight to Denver, meet his friend with the homegrow, accept a gift of an ounce from him (since Amendment 64 allows the grower to keep all the results of his harvest at the grow site), and then fly home to Seattle in possession of one legal ounce under Washington law. (Seattle to Denver round-trip tickets on Southwest Air cost about $200… which is what some people would pay for an ounce anyway!)