Colorado and Cannabis

More than 100 college professors across the nation signed an open letter to legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol. This open letter endorses the Colorado ballot that would permit adults over the age of 21 to possess one ounce of marijuana or six marijuana plants. It doesn't propose any changes that would affect employee drug testing or laws prohibiting driving while intoxicated.

The letter states: "For decades, our country has pursued a policy of marijuana prohibition that has been just as ineffective and wasteful as alcohol prohibition. We have reviewed Amendment 64 and concluded that it presents an effective, responsible, and much-needed new approach for Colorado and the nation."

The president has always said he opposes to marijuana legalization, and his administration has been adamant about prosecuting hundreds of licensed marijuana vendors in states that have legalized the drug for medical use.

"Eighty years ago, Colorado voters approved a ballot initiative to repeal alcohol prohibition at the state level, which was followed by repeal at the federal level." Says the open letter. "This year, we have the opportunity to do the same thing with marijuana and once again lead the nation toward more sensible, evidence-based laws and policies."

A recent public opinion survey showed that 47% of Colorado voters are in favour of amendment 64, while 38% is opposed.

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Read the full letter: Rawstory.com