Experimenting with Pot: The State of Colorado’s Legalization of Marijuana


On November 6, 2012, voters in Colorado and Washington moved to legalize the use and sale of marijuana by adults 21 and older. The passage of Amendment 64, which amended the Colorado constitution, and Initiative 502, which amended the Revised Code of Washington, marked “an electoral first not only for America but the world.”1 In response to the legalization of recreational marijuana, Colorado is taking a proactive approach. We are working as a convener for all interested parties and experts to shape public policy that utilizes the decades of public health lessons gained from regulating alcohol and tobacco. We have applied these lessons to marijuana and are making every effort in our laws, regulations, and revenue allocations to address public health and safety concerns, prevent young people’s use of marijuana, and educate parents and children about the risks of its use.

Author(s): Governor John W. Hickenlooper

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Volume 92, Issue 2 (pages 243–249)
DOI: 10.1111/1468-0009.12056
Published in 2014