Colorado Sale of Marijuana in a Regulated Market Initiative (2010)
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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 were legally allowed to 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.
- 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.
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. However, as of petition deadline day, no signatures were submitted.
- The Denver Daily News,"Marijuana still a hot topic," May 18, 2010
- Politics Daily,"Lawmakers Grapple with Booming Medical Marijuana Business," April 8, 2010
- Westword Blog,"Marijuana legalization: As a precaution, Mason Tvert files language to put it on November ballot," March 12, 2010
- USA Today,"Medical marijuana business is on fire," April 20, 2010
- Firedoglake,"Colorado Voters Favor Legalizing and Taxing Cannabis, 49%-39%," May 17, 2010
- Rasmussen Reports,"49% in Colorado Favor Legalizing and Taxing Marijuana," May 15, 2010
- Prior to the enactment of Colorado House Bill 1326 (2009), the signature deadline for initiated statutes and initiated amendments was the same--3 months before the election.
Marijuana in 2010
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