Ready to roll: Colorado Marijuana supporters file 8 different initiatives
DENVER, Colorado: Supporters of a proposal to legalize cannabis in the state are covering their bases, as the proposed initiative was filed eight different times. The Colorado Attorney General's office, around the date of May 20, 2011, received the filings, with proponents hoping the measure will make the 2012 ballot. All of the initiatives would ask whether or not to legalize the use and possession of, at most, an ounce of marijuana for residents who are 21 and older.
In addition, all eight initiatives would allow the state to regulate retail sales of the drug. The proposal was filed eight times, with some differences, in order for supporters to see which one would pass the Title Setting Review Board, and allow for circulation of petitions.
In 2006, 59% of Colorado voters rejected Amendment 44, which would have legalized the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana for those 21 or over. Medical marijuana is legal in Colorado under the terms of a bill signed into law by Gov. Bill Ritter, but some marijuana activists say that the time is right to expand the legality of marijuana to cover recreational use also.
In order to qualify the initiative for the 2012 ballot in the state, supporters must gather 85,853 valid signatures by the August 6, 2012 petition drive deadline. Valid signatures must come from registered voters in the state.