Pueblo, CO: The Colorado Democratic Party on Saturday announced its support for Amendment 64, a statewide ballot initiative that seeks to eliminate civil and criminal penalties for the limited possession and cultivation of cannabis by those age 21 or older. The Party indicated its support for the measure during its state convention.
Included among the Party's 2012 'essential platforms' is the following: "Regulate and tax marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol, limiting its use to those 21 or older. We support Amendment 64, the initiative to regulate marijuana like alcohol."
"This is a mainstream issue," Cindy Lowery-Graber, chair of the Denver County Democratic Party, stated in a press release. "A broad coalition is forming in support of Amendment 64 and I am proud to say that it now includes the Colorado Democratic Party."
If enacted by voters in November, Amendment 64, The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012, would immediately amend state law to allow for the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana and/or the cultivation of up to six cannabis plants by adults.
The Democratic Party's support for legalization comes about a month after a majority, 56 percent, of Denver County Republicans also voted in support of Amendment 64. However, the position was not officially adopted because of the local party's requirement of a two-thirds majority to change its platform.
Amendment 64 is backed by a broad coalition of drug law reform organizations, including NORML, the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, SAFER, Sensible Colorado, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), the Drug Policy Alliance, and the Marijuana Policy Project. Gary Johnson, former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico, and Pat Robertson, evangelist and founder of the Christian Coalition, have also recently endorsed the initiative.