Colorado Sale of Marijuana in a Regulated Market Initiative (2010)

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Colorado Sale of Marijuana in a Regulated Market Initiative did not appear on the November 2, 2010 ballot in Colorado. The measure called for authorizing a marijuana regulatory system and allowing the use of marijuana by Coloradans 21 and older. In other words, marijuana stores and growers would have had to be licensed and use limitations would have applied. The measure was proposed by Mason Tvert and supported by Safer Alternative to Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER), of which Tvert is executive director.[1]

Background

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.[2]

Polls

  • 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.[3][4]

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.[5] However, as of petition deadline day, no signatures were submitted.

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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