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Springs Gazette Endorses Pot Amendment


The Colorado Springs Gazette has endorsed Amendment 44 which would depenalize personal possession by adults of up to one ounce of marijuana.

The long journey toward a more rational and workable national drug control policy begins with a single step. Thats why were backing Amendment 44 in next weeks election. The text of Amendment 44 is simple. It reads: Any person under twenty-one years of age who possesses not more than one ounce of marijuana commits a class 2 petty offense and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars. Not very complicated, but this change could make a big difference in how the judicial system deals with drug offenders, as well as send a strong message to Washington that Coloradans are ready for a more realistic and rational national drug policy.


According to SAFER Colorado, sponsor of the Amendment, the text of the ballot initiative is as follows:

Shall there be an amendment to section 18-18-406 (1) of the Colorado revised statutes making legal the possession of one ounce or less of marihuana for any person twenty-one years of age or older?

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