Election Day is Almost Here: What Will Become of Amendment 64?
With Election Day a little over a month away, everyone is wondering who will win the presidency. There are so many television and radio commercials on the air it’s hard to keep them all straight. Aside from voting for president, do you know how you’ll vote on Amendment 64? It’s controversial, and most people either feel strongly for it or strongly against it. Will it pass or will it fail?
Amendment 64 is a proposed amendment to Article 18 of the Colorado state constitution. If it wins, it means that personal use and regulation of marijuana for people over the age of 21 would be allowed under Colorado law. Parts of the Amendment also address regulations on how marijuana would be legally cultivated, manufactured, and sold in Colorado if it passes.
As it currently stands, there is no guarantee that Amendment 64 will either pass or fail during the election on November 6th. However, recent poll numbers have been reported in the media. Polls show a leading edge to those for Amendment 64. The poll numbers show 51% for the Amendment, 40% against it, and 8% undecided. While poll numbers are only estimates, they are a good indication of how Colorado residents are expected to vote.
The Ballot Title and Submission Clause for Amendment 64 that will appear on the ballot is as follows:
Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado constitution concerning marijuana, and, in connection therewith, providing for the regulation of marijuana; permitting a person twenty-one years of age or older to consume or possess limited amounts of marijuana; providing for the licensing of cultivation facilities, product manufacturing facilities, testing facilities, and retail stores; permitting local governments to regulate or prohibit such facilities; requiring the general assembly to enact an excise tax to be levied upon wholesale sales of marijuana; requiring that the first $40 million in revenue raised annually by such tax be credited to the public school capital construction assistance fund; and requiring the general assembly to enact legislation governing the cultivation, processing, and sale of industrial hemp?
The full text of the initiative can be found here.
The subject of legalized marijuana consumption is highly contentious. If Amendment 64 passes, marijuana will likely end up being regulated in a similar manner to the way alcohol is regulated.
Similar to the manner in which alcohol is regulated, the Amendment states:
(I) INDIVIDUALS WILL HAVE TO SHOW PROOF OF AGE BEFORE PURCHASING MARIJUANA;
(II) SELLING, DISTRIBUTING, OR TRANSFERRING MARIJUANA TO MINORS AND OTHER INDIVIDUALS UNDER THE AGE OF TWENTY-ONE SHALL REMAIN ILLEGAL;
(III) DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF MARIJUANA SHALL REMAIN ILLEGAL;
There are plenty of Colorado residents who will be either happy or disappointed when the results of the election are declared on November 6th. If Amendment 64 passes, it is important to realize that regulations will exist and it will still be possible to be charged with a DUI-D as a result of driving under the influence of marijuana.
If you have been charged with DUI in Denver, contact an experienced DUI defense attorney at Tiftickjian Law Firm, P.C. With offices in Denver and Aspen, the law firm’s defense lawyers can be contacted at (303) DUI-5280.