Colorado and the District of Columbia legalize marijuana
In legal news, On November 6th, 2012, Colorado and the District of Columbia voted to legalize marijuana. In Colorado marijuana will be treated similar to alcohol, and in both states, use is limited to persons over twenty one years of age. These two states are the first to legalize marijuana for recreational use. There are currently eighteen states that have legalized marijuana for medical use, but Colorado and the District of Columbia have voted for full legalization.
When marijuana was first legalized for medical use in many of these states, there was little federal pressure, but that's not to say that there was none. If the medical legalization process was any indication of how the federal government plans to handle the full legalization measures, the residents of Colorado and the District of Columbia can plan on having legalized marijuana.
But many still remain opposed to the federally banned substance.
The legalization of marijuana in Colorado and the District of Columbia is historic considering the federal ban of marijuana. Despite the federal ban on marijuana, Colorado's state government is preparing to move forward with the implementation of state sponsored marijuana facilities. Many wonder if federal government laws will interfere with Colorado's new state law.
If government laws prevent the legalization process in these two States from moving forward, the voters will have to take their approach to a federal level.
It remains to be seen just exactly how government laws will be implemented on the legalization issue at hand in these two states, and it could go one of two ways.
The government could make legal news by using a DEA state sponsored program to enforce federal government laws, or they could support the State laws and take a measured approach, waiting to see how these two States manage the legalization process.
The implementation of the new laws is still a few weeks away, and in the meantime there will be plenty of speculation as to just exactly how the government will respond. The one thing that is for certain, the next few months will make for plenty of legal news.