Obama gets reelected, but Amendment 64, marijuana, are the real winners

Barack Obama will remain president of the United States, providing four more years for him to enact his vision of moving this country forward and change our nation for the better.

Nov. 6, 2012, is an Election Day that will go down in history, altering the face of our world forever — but not because of Obama’s reelection.

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On Tuesday, Colorado became the first state to legalize marijuana.

We are the first in the world to make it legal for adults to possess, grow and consume marijuana since the 1925 Dangerous Drugs Act went into effect internationally. As a result of the act, in order to prevent the U.S. from ceasing trade with them, reform-minded nations could only decriminalize marijuana or turn a blind eye to personal use.

A common misconception is that cannabis is already legal in the Netherlands, when in fact it’s just decriminalized and the de facto legalized retail sale for Amsterdam is only 5 grams.

We just legalized the individual possession of an ounce — that’s about 28 grams.

While it will be months before the laws and procedures governing the actual legal sale of cannabis are implemented, the parts of the amendment related to individual behavior go into effect immediately.

Colorado — along with Washington, which also legalized marijuana — is at the forefront of rectifying damage done to this country from years of prohibition, prosecution and incarceration; we’re in a perfect position to show the world that regulation works.

We still have a fight ahead of us. A fight for the sovereignty of Coloradans to decide this issue for themselves without being impeded by the federal government.

This is the future, Mr. President; the people of Colorado have spoken. Now the real question is: Can we count on the president’s support?