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First effects of Colorado’s Amendment 64

On Tuesday, November 6, 2012, Colorado and Washington both put the legalization of marijuana for recreational use on the voting ballot. Both initiatives  passed , which got the attention of everyone from NBC anchors to kids at home on their laptops. Just days after it was passed, the first wave of reaction from local governments in Colorado and Washington are starting to take form. Stan Garnett, the District Attorney of Boulder County in Colorado, decided to drop some marijuana possession charges. 

“As a result of the announcement, police officials across Boulder County also stated they will no longer issue marijuana-possession citations in light of Amendment 64. The constitutional amendment will legalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana in Colorado for those 21 or older.”

In addition to cases being dropped, cases against those with paraphernalia will also be  dropped as long as the pieces were clearly only used for pot.

So why are counties dropping charges and no longer writing tickets?  With Boulder County passing Amendment 64 with a 2 to 1 majority, the DA knows they would not be able to prosecute those over the age of 21. They say it will now be a waste of time and not a good use of resources.

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