Earlier today Governor John Hickenlooper made legal recreational marijuana official in Colorado after signing an executive order ratifying the November 6th vote that approved Amendment 64.
Hickenlooper, a Democrat, opposed the measure but had no veto power over the voter-approved amendment to the state constitution. He tweeted his declaration Monday and sent an executive order to reporters by email after the fact, preventing a public countdown to legalization as seen in Washington.
“Voters were loud and clear on Election Day,” Hickenlooper said in his statement. The law allowed him until Jan. 5 to declare marijuana legal.
Mason Tvert, the Communications Director a the Marijuana Policy Project, reacted in a statement.
“This is a truly historic day. From this day forward, adults in Colorado will no longer be punished for the simple use and possession of marijuana. We applaud Gov. Hickenlooper for issuing this declaration in a timely fashion, so that adult possession arrests end across the state immediately.
“We look forward to working with the governor’s office and many other stakeholders on the implementation of Amendment 64. We are certain that this will be a successful endeavor, and Colorado will become a model for other states to follow.”
Tvert was one of the main proponents of Amendment 64.
Colorado now officially joins Washington as the only two states in the U.S. that allows some form of legal recreational marijuana use and possession. They are the proving grounds for what activists have been pushing for decades.
The era of prohibition is officially at the beginning of the end.