Wednesday, the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol submitted roughly 160,000 signatures to the Secretary of State's office. Only some 86,000 are needed to qualify for the 2012 ballot.
If passed by voters, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act would make it legal for adults 21 and older to possess limited amounts of marijuana, have it placed under the same regulatory strictures as alcohol and allow for the creation of industrial hemp. It also mandates the Legislature to create an excise tax, of which the first $40 million would enter into the state's public school construction fund.
"We will win this campaign because the voters understand that marijuana prohibition is a policy long overdue for repeal," says Brian Vicente, one of two proponents who initiated the measure, in a statement. "Polls consistently show more Coloradans support making marijuana legal than oppose it, and we are confident they will pass this measure and make history this November."
The release says that while, historically, males have been more likely to support marijuana legalization than females, this measure has drawn widespread support.
"This is an issue often perceived as being supported only by young men, but women like me throughout the state agree that it is time to end marijuana prohibition and regulate it like alcohol," says Wanda James, a Colorado political activist and business owner, in the release. "We are mothers, daughters, taxpayers, business owners, college students, and more, and we are excited to help this campaign make history in November."