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Colorado Medical Marijuana Regulation Initiative (2010)

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Colorado Medical Marijuana Regulation Initiative did not appear on the November 2, 2010 ballot in Colorado. The proposed initiative would have prevented lawmakers from limiting the number of patients a dispensary could serve and stop cities and counties from banning dispensaries. Additionally, the measure proposed allowing the people to vote directly on medical marijuana regulations.[1][2]

The measure was filed with the Colorado Secretary of State on February 4, 2010 by Sensible Colorado, a medical marijuana patients' group.[3]


Since the approval of Colorado Marijuana Act, Amendment 20 in 2000, the city of Denver was reported to have had 250 dispensary storefronts and 100 in the city of Boulder. The state of Colorado issued approximately 66,000 cards that allowed for card-carrying members to purchase medical marijuana. According to officials, an estimated 100,000 state residents could legally buy marijuana. In August 2009, about 270 applications were submitted per day. That number however, reached an estimated 1,000 applications as of February 2010.[4]


  • On May 10, 2010 Rasmussen conducted a poll of 500 registered voters that asked whether voters are in favor of legalizing and taxing marijuana in the state of Colorado. The question was not specific to the proposed initiative. According to the results, 49% said they were in favor while 39% said they were opposed and 13% said they were undecided. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4.5 percentage points.[5][6]

Path to the ballot

See also: Colorado signature requirements

In order to qualify the proposed measure for the 2010 ballot a minimum of 76,047 valid signatures were required. The signature filing deadline for the 2010 ballot in Colorado for initiated constitutional amendments was August 2, 2010.[7] However, as of deadline day, no signatures were filed.

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Marijuana in 2010

Map of marijuana legal and initiative status as of April 2010; click to enlarge. Map created by Russ Belville for NORML