Marijuana Initiative Makes the Ballot

August 20 2006, 10:51 PM
SAFER Choice in Colorado has done it again. The initiative to legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana will be on the November ballot:
The Colorado Secretary of State announced yesterday that SAFER's statewide marijuana legalization initiative has qualified for the ballot! The measure, which would eliminate all penalties for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by adults 21 and older, will appear as Amendment 44 on the November ballot and will be decided by Colorado voters in the November 7th election. The official count found us to have submitted 130,815 total signatures, which is nearly twice the approximately 68,000 needed -- this is a feat in and of itself! We again thank all the individuals who put their time and hard work into this incredible effort. We hope this payoff will motivate everyone to stay involved and lend a hand in any way they can to make the upcoming campaign a success.
I suspect this will increase voter turnout in November, particularly among the young and libertarians. Will it help the Colorado domestic partnership measure? I think so. While not every Colorado voter wants to see pot legalized, and those that don't may be the same that don't want to endorse gay partnerships, I doubt the nay-sayers would go to the polls just to vote against either measure if they weren't otherwise inclined to vote.