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Free Marijuana and Freed Marijuana

Monday, November 19, 2012

Free marijuanaFirst things first, this blog has nothing to do with free marijuana. To be honest, our title just needed an extra “free” to rhyme with “freed.”  So, sorry to those who might be expecting otherwise.  Anyway, if you have been living under a rock for the past couple weeks, than this story might come as a surprise to you, but if you are like the rest of us than it is probably old news.  Getting high in the mile-high city is now no longer illegal (at least it is a little less illegal than before depending on your age and the amount of marijuana you have).  Amendment 64 passed with 55 percent of the vote…and just for those of you who fell into the 45% of the population that voted NO on 64, this doesn’t mean that you now have to go out and get stoned…it just means that the majority of everyone else will be….statistically speaking of course (oh c’mon, we are kidding…not everyone will be stoned). 

The impact of this new law is not completely understood, but what we do know is that there is a tremendous amount of panic running through the state at the news that Hostess will be going out of business. Unfortunately there will be no more late night convenience store runs for Twinkies and Ding Dongs.   Moving forward we will all have to be happy with a Slim Jim and a Mountain Dew. 

All kidding aside (and yes, about 85% of what is above is us just kidding around), the impact of this new amendment is already being felt in the criminal justice system.  A few days after the passing of the amendment, the Denver District Attorney said that prosecutors in Denver will no longer charge those older than 21 caught with an ounce of marijuana or less.  According to the article, this could be approximately 70 cases.  Boulder’s DA came out with a similar announcement via Twitter on November 14th.  Some are calling the new amendment a veritable "get out of jail free" card for some (no bail bond required).  It is important to point out that the law is not retroactive and anyone who has pleaded guilty already and has been ordered to pay a fine must still do so.

What do you think about this new amendment?  Good? Bad? Indifferent?  Read the original article below.

Original article: CO: Marijuana law is ‘get out of jail free’ card