The Electric Commentary

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Denver legalizes pot.


Under the measure, residents over 21 years old could possess up to an ounce of marijuana.

"We educated voters about the facts that marijuana is less harmful to the user and society than alcohol," said Mason Tvert, campaign organizer for SAFER, or Safer Alternatives For Enjoyable Recreation. "To prohibit adults from making the rational, safer choice to use marijuana is bad public policy."


(Hat tip, Ace)

Update: As MDS points out in the comments, pot is still functionally illegal, because it is still illegal in Colorado, and in the US as a whole. But it's still a nice gesture (and could potentially lead to a lack of enforcement by Denver PD cops).


  • I'm moving.

    By Blogger FreakinRican, at 11:10 AM  

  • So Denver is now the mile high city literally and figuratively?

    By Blogger dhodge, at 11:14 AM  

  • As I mentioned over at Ace's blog, freakinrican, don't get too excited about this. If you're caught with pot in Denver now, you just get prosecuted under state laws. If the state of Colorado legalizes it, you just get prosecuted under federal laws. If you're serious about wanting to change the drug laws in this country, you've got to do it at the federal level. A good place to start would be to get even one member of Congress elected who supports legalization, since the 36 percent of Americans who support it have zero federal elected officials who support them.

    By Blogger MDS, at 11:15 AM  

  • You're right that it's still illegal, and smoking up out there is still a risky proposition, but it is slightly more legal. Local PD isn't under an obligation to enforce state law. They still can, of course, but they don't have to.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 11:42 AM  

  • In other news, I haven't heard the phrase "smoking up" in about 8 years. So we got that going for us.

    By Blogger Ace Cowboy, at 1:17 PM  

  • Just to repeat what I said over at Ace...

    A more effective ballot initiative than what they did in Denver would be following the lead of some other cities that have told the local Police Department to make marijuana the lowest possible priority. But as this article makes clear, "even if voters approved the change, state laws against marijuana use still would be applicable and Denver police still would enforce those laws, Assistant City Attorney David Broadwell said."

    By Blogger MDS, at 1:27 PM  

  • Yeah, I talk in old-timey ways occasionally, consarnit.

    I'm sure the police will still be patrolling for ol' Mary Jane, as that article makes clear, and low prioritization is a better and more effective way.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 1:31 PM  

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