On Monday, December 10, it became official. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed the executive order that legalizes personal use and possession of marijuana for those over the age of 21.
“Voters were loud and clear on Election Day,” Hickenlooper said in a statement. “We will begin working immediately with the General Assembly and state agencies to implement Amendment 64.”
During the recent campaign, the governor opposed Amendment 64 saying, “It sends the wrong message to kids that drugs are OK.” But now Hickenlooper has created a marijuana task force to ensure the implementation of the law.
The new law allows adults 21 and older to purchase up to one ounce of marijuana from specialty cannabis dispensaries and grow up to six marijuana plants in their homes. Possession is limited to up to an ounce for personal use, but selling marijuana without a license, purchasing marijuana from someone who is not licensed, and public use of marijuana will remain illegal.
There’s some good news for out-of-state stoners. If you’re visiting Colorado, you’re not exempt from enjoying cannabis while you’re there. Unlike medical marijuana laws which can limit legal medicating to state residents, everyone can enjoy Colorado’s newfound freedom.