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Marijuana Legalization Problems In Colorado And Washington

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Legalization of marijuana has always been a controversial topic in the country. Since marijuana for recreational use has been legalized in the States of Colorado and Washington, people have been waiting for marijuana shops to pop up in every corner of the street. However, this has not been the case and although the legalization of cannabis has come into effect, there is a reason for the no-show of marijuana shops in these States.

It is also important to note that the Federal Government is against marijuana legalization and the Federal laws are still against the possession and distribution of marijuana in the country. Therefore, there is a chance for conflict of interests between the State and Federal laws in the country.

In the State of Colorado, after the Amendment 64 was passed, adults over the age of 21 years of age were allowed to possess up to one ounce of marijuana. It was also legal for these adults to cultivate up to six marijuana plants for their personal use. Since there were no restrictions on the size of the marijuana plants that were allowed to cultivate, naturally there was a high demand for marijuana plants that were bigger in size. After the State declared their intentions to regulate marijuana shops, it was decided that no marijuana stores would be opened in the State before 2014. The local government authorities can take their own decisions regarding the setting up of marijuana stores in their area.

Federal laws in the country


In the case of Washington, the situation is similar. The possession and personal use of up to one ounce of marijuana has been legalized in Washington under the Initiative 502. Keep in mind that it has been legalized for those people who are above the age of 21 years. The Initiative 502 also makes it clear that “the consumption of marijuana in public spaces and driving under the influence of marijuana” is illegal, which is also the case in Colorado.

The stance of Federal Government on this issue is quite interesting. Even though many States have proceeded with the legalization of cannabis, the actions of the Federal Government towards these have been non-existent. Its “use in both States continues to be illegal under the Federal Controlled Substances Act” Statement has been met with some concern by the State authorities and voters.

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