Tuesday's closely watched election not only resulted in four more years in the White House for President Obama and no change in the balance of power in Congress, but it also provided an opportunity for voters in Colorado to address marijuana legalization in a highly contested and watched amendment initiative. The measure for legalizing marijuana for recreational use in Colorado passed with 53 percent of the vote in favor.
According to reports, the prohibition of marijuana will be lifted within 30 days of certification of the results, and regulations must be established by January. There will likely be a lengthy debate, extending to the federal government as to the legality of this Colorado constitutional amendment. Regardless of whether the amendment is upheld, it is important that people understand their rights regarding drug charges in Colorado.
This legalization measure would allow people to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and cultivate marijuana with limitations. Violating these regulations could result in drug charges. When someone is accused of a drug crime, their reputation could be harmed and they might face charges that could make it difficult to move forward professionally in the future.
Because federal law still classifies marijuana as an illegal drug, this amendment could cause some people to face federal charges. Speaking with an experienced criminal defense attorney might be a wise decision if someone is accused of a drug crime. They can help make sure a person understands the legal process and help protect their rights.
Source: Reuters, "Colorado, Washington first states to legalize recreational pot," Keith Coffman and Nicole Neroulias, Nov. 7, 2012
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