Colorado: Petitioners Turn In Final Signatures For 2012 Ballot Measure

Denver, CO: Sponsors of a proposed 2012 statewide measure to regulate the personal use of marijuana turned in 14,000 signatures on Friday in an attempt to qualify the measure for the November ballot.

The measure’s proponents, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, had previously turned in over 160,000 signatures several weeks earlier. However, the Secretary of State’s office on February 3 responded that petitioners still needed an additional 2,500 valid signatures from registered voters to place the initiative on the November ballot.

The Secretary of State’s office has until Monday, February 27, to verify the final signature count.

The Colorado initiative seeks to allow for the limited possession and cultivation of cannabis by adults age 21 and over. The measure would further amend state law to establish regulations governing the commercial production and distribution of marijuana by licensed retailers.

The measure is supported by a broad coalition of 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.

Full text of the initiative, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act of 2012, is available online here: http://www.regulatemarijuana.org/s/regulate-marijuana-alcohol-act-2012.