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Colorado officially legalizes marijuana



On Monday, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an executive order finalizing Amendment 64, officially making possession of up to an ounce of marijuana for adults age 21 and up legal in Colorado.

"Voters were loud and clear on Election Day," Hickenlooper wrote on his Facebook page. "We will begin working immediately with the General Assembly and state agencies to implement Amendment 64."

To that end, Hickenlooper has created a task force to "consider and resolve a number of policy, legal and procedural issues, involving various interests and stakeholders, to implement the new constitutional amendment," reads a press release. Those involved include Chris Urbina, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment; Dr. Christian Thurstone, a person described as having "expertise in the treatment of marijuana addiction"; and Daniel Zook, a prosecutor with the 4th Judicial District Attorney's office. All meetings of the group are open to the public; the first will occur at noon, Monday, Dec. 17, at 17301 W. Colfax Ave., #135, in Golden.

In the meantime, John Walsh, the U.S. Attorney for the state of Colorado, has issued his own follow-up statement, indicating that all is as it was: "Regardless of any changes in state law, including the change that will go into effect on December 10th in Colorado, growing, selling or possessing any amount of marijuana remains illegal under federal law. 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."

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