Colorado Ski Town of Breckenridge Votes to Legalize It; Measure Passes With 72%

Residents of the Colorado ski town of Breckenridge overwhelmingly voted to legalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana Tuesday. Early returns had the local measure passing with 72% of the vote. That means as of January 1, people in Breckenridge can legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana under local ordinance. The measure also legalizes the possession of marijuana paraphernalia. "This votes demonstrates that Breckenridge citizens overwhelmingly believe that adults should not be punished for making the safer choice to use marijuana instead of alcohol," said Sean McAllister, Breckenridge attorney and chair of Sensible Breckenridge, a local project of the statewide marijuana law reform group Sensible Colorado. "As state and national focus grows on this important issue, the popular ski town of Breckenridge has taken center stage on marijuana reform-- and not just for medical purposes," said Brian Vicente of Sensible Colorado. "With this historic vote, Breckenridge has emerged as a national leader in sensible drug policy" The campaign, which had no formal opposition, received a chorus of local support including endorsements from Breckenridge Town Councilman Jeffrey Bergeron, former. Colorado State Representative and Breckenridge resident, Gary Lindstrom, and the Summit Daily News. Measure 2F was placed on the ballot when over 1400 local supporters signed a petition supporting the reform measure. Under Colorado state law, possession of up to an ounce is decriminalized and punishable by a $100 fine. But Breckenridge police will "still have the ability to exercise discretion," said Chief Rick Holman. “It's never been something that we've spent a lot of time on, so I don't expect this to be a big change in how we really do business,” he told the Summit Daily News. Breckenridge residents had voted for Amendment 44, a statewide legalization initiative, by the same percentage in 2006. That initiative won only 41% of the vote statewide. Denver became the first city to vote to legalize marijuana possession under municipal ordinance in 2005.
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I am watching Rachel Maddow on MSNBC.She is reporting election results.But only results she thinks are important,like her issue of choice the vote on gay marriage in Maine.She claims to be a professional but she is absolutely squirming in her seat trying to avoid reporting the news on marijuana.When she finally did get around to mentioning two sentences about the victory in Colorado she reported that marijuana had been decriminalized.It was not decriminalized,it was LEGALIZED,no fines,no civil infractions...LEGALIZED!She doesn't seem to understand or care that there are just as many marijuana users in this country as there are gays.The difference is that gays are not being thrown in jail,paying outragious fines or forced through unecessary court ordered rehab for being different.While I support full equal rights for gays I am disgusted that the MSM refuses to treat the issue of marijuana seriously.I like Rachel and watch her every night but I just got done spanking her on her facebook group for being such a stuck up snob about this important step toward real freedom.I invite all others reading this to go to her facebook group and give her a good whuppin

Please some help on this.

Please some help on this. So now that marijuana has been legalized in Breckenridge does that mean businesses can start to grow and supply marijuana to the public? Maybe medical dispensaries in Breckenridge can sell to anybody?

Tyranny Free Zone

Breckenridge’s popularity will be exceeded only by its record-setting profit$ thanks to a  resort community’s embrace of drug peace.

Breckenridge:

May every person in every location be as sensible and realistic as the people of Breckenridge. Great job people of Breckenridge. Peace

High time for a vacation

I think I might be paying a visit to Breckenridge with my tourist dollars.

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