Breckenridge Marijuana Penalty Removal Initiative (2009)

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The Breckenridge Marijuana Penalty Removal Initiative appeared on the November 3, 2009 ballot in Summit County for voters in the City of Breckenridge.

Initiated by Sensible Breckenridge, a local reform group, the measure called for the removal of local penalties of private marijuana possession of up to one ounce. The penalties, which includes a $100 fine, would be removed for residents who are 21 and older. After submitting three times more than the required 500 petition signatures, the town clerk verified the validity of each one by July 27, 2009.

Members of the group claimed that criminalizing a substance that is "less intoxicating, less addictive and less dangerous" than that of alcohol is not sensible.[1]

Election results

The measure was approved.[2]

Question 2F
Result Votes Percentage
Approveda Yes 617 70.92%
No 253 29.08%
Total votes 870 100.00%
Voter turnout NA%


Aftermath

Although the legalization to carry marijuana passed in the town, state wide it is still illegal to be in possession of marijuana. Though many in the town see it is a step to the larger question of state wide legalization, others see it as a way to bring the wrong type of visitors to the resort town. It is still a family oriented ski resort and those that run the local businesses and hotels do not plan to change the way they operate, in many business owner's view nothing has really changed with the passing of this measure. The question of increased ski accidents was brought up as an argument against, but a local attorney who specialized in ski related accidents said alcohol is the major contributor to accidents and did not think this measure would change that.[3]

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