It's official: Governor makes marijuana legal in Colorado (+video)
On Monday, Colorado become the second state to legalize recreational marijuana use for adults. Washington also voted to legalize pot this November, and 18 states have decriminalized the drug.
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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," Amendment 64 spokesman Mason Tvert said in a written statement.Skip to next paragraph
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"We look forward to working with the governor's office and many other stakeholders on the implementation ofAmendment 64. We are certain that this will be a successful endeavor and Colorado will become a model for other states to follow," he said.
John Walsh, U.S. Attorney for Colorado, said in a statement that the U.S. Department of Justice was reviewing theColorado and Washington measures, and that its "responsibility to enforce the Controlled Substances Act" had not changed.
"Regardless of any changes in state law, including the change that will go into effect on December 10th inColorado, growing, selling or possessing any amount of marijuana remains illegal under federal law," Walsh said.
"Members of the public are also advised to remember that it remains against federal law to bring any amount of marijuana onto federal property, including all federal buildings, national parks and forests, military installations, and courthouses."
Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Eric Walsh