Colorado Initiative to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Qualifies for November Ballot

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Colorado Initiative to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Qualifies for November Ballot

Leaders from the NAACP and ACLU join former State House Majority Leader voice support for the initiative at campaign news conference

FEBRUARY 28, 2012 – DENVER – A statewide initiative campaign to regulate marijuana like alcohol has collected a sufficient number of signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot.

Former Colorado House Majority Leader Paul Weissmann, Colorado NAACP President Rosemary Harris Lytle, and Denise Maes of the ACLU of Colorado joined proponents at a news conference to announce the news and voice their support for the initiative.

"As someone who was once referred to as 'the Capitol's best-known bartender,' it is especially appropriate for me to be endorsing the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol," Weissmann said. "Americans learned long ago that prohibiting a popular, widely used substance is a policy disaster.

"Alcohol prohibition ended nearly 80 years ago for many good reasons," Weissmann said. "There are just as many good reasons to end marijuana prohibition and I am proud to be a part of the effort to do that here in Colorado."

The Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol ultimately submitted 90,466 valid signatures from registered Colorado voters; 86,105 are required to qualify. The initiative will appear on the November 2012 ballot as Amendment 64.

"Voters in Colorado are ready to end marijuana prohibition and begin regulating and taxing it like alcohol," said Betty Aldworth, advocacy director for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol. "By regulating and taxing marijuana like alcohol Colorado can tightly control its production and sale, generate tens of millions of dollars in new tax revenue, and redirect our limited law enforcement resources toward serious crimes."

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