Breckenridge to Vote on Legalizing Marijuana Possession

A measure that would remove all local penalties for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana in the Colorado ski resort town of Breckenridge will be on the ballot this November. The organizers of the effort, Sensible Breckenridge, a project of Sensible Colorado, announced Friday afternoon that the Breckenridge town clerk had certified that their initiative petition as having enough valid signatures to go on the ballot. Breckenridge, Colorado The Organizers needed 500 valid signatures to make the ballot. But in little more than five weeks of signature-gathering, they managed to collect 1,400 signatures. "While collecting signatures we encountered overwhelming support for sensible marijuana reform," said Breckenridge attorney Sean McAllister, chairman of Sensible Breckenridge. "Now it is up to the Breckenridge voters to decide if responsible adults should be criminalized for using a substance less harmful than alcohol." The measure would remove local penalties for the private possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by adults 21 or older, effectively legalizing small amounts of marijuana for adults under the town code. The Breckenridge Town Council will have the opportunity to enact the law at their meeting on August 11. If they do not, it will automatically be placed on the November 3rd ballot. Possession of up to an ounce of marijuana is already decriminalized under Colorado law. Denver voted to legalize the possession of up to an ounce in 2005, but that expression of citizen sentiment has been effectively undercut by local law enforcement and prosecutors, who continue to charge people under the state decrim law. A statewide legalization initiative in 2006 lost with 40% of the popular vote, but in that election, 72% of voters in Breckenridge supported it.
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Phillip Smith wrote: > A

Phillip Smith wrote:
> A statewide legalization initiative in 2006 lost with 40% of the popular vote, ...

It was 44 %!!!

Actually, that was Nevada.

Actually, that was Nevada.

borden's picture

that was Neavada

I just double-checked, and it was 40%. You might be thinking of Nevada, which got 44% that same year.

Or, less likely, you might have been thinking of the measure's number in Colorado, Amendment 44.

David Borden, Executive Director the Drug Reform Coordination Network
Washington, DC

Wonder if...

the DEA will send in their storm troopers to start arresting people on federal charges. Perhaps Colorado will simply use the 'state law trumps local law' argument and send in the state police to harass people.

It'd be more shocking if the feds and the state left this town alone after it votes to legalize than if man walks on Mars within the next year.

Ski Resorts Perfect Venue for Local Cannabis Legalization

No matter how conservative a state’s electorate might be, skiers will always be pro-pot.  Whether it’s Telluride, Tahoe, Sun Valley/Ketchum/Hailey, or Breckinridge, a lot of weed does get burned.

If Breckinridge goes legal, the bar gets raised on the competition.  Other ski resorts will be forced to compete.  Especially when they see that off season revenues increase as the resorts become the favorite escape-from-tyranny location for happy tokers.

Besides being a business magnet, prohibition-free ski resorts will stimulate legalization efforts in outlying areas.  Outlying businesses will want to recoup their losses caused by their prohibition-based economy, and the only way to do that will be to imitate the ski resorts.  The Breckinridge vote could be the beginning.


Legalize it!!

Please legalize it Breckinridge. America is watching and waiting.

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