Marijuana is the legal term for cannabis and it is legal in Colorado for medicinal and recreational purposes. Earlier it was illegal but after the Amendment 64 on November 6, 2012, it became legal in January 2014. Due to this policy, Colorado has become a hot spot for cannabis tourism, where people come here to use the Marijuana available at various retail stores. During the first year of implementation, Colorado’s legal marijuana market has reached total sales of more than $700 million.
Let’s go through the history of changing laws in Colorado and how they facilitated other states to follow the norm –
Prohibition Period (1917 – 1975)
The use of Marijuana had been banned in Colorado since the early twentieth century. In November 1914, the voters of Colorado voted for the approval of Amendment 22 of Colorado Constitution. It was known as Prohibition amendment and included Alcohol and other intoxicating substances like cannabis and hemp etc. It started an era of prohibition beginning on January 1, 1916, and later on December 18, 1917, a Prohibition amendment Eighteenth was proposed by the Congress.
Since Marijuana and other intoxicating stuff were banned in the country, it paved the way for different criminal and gangsters to run a drug business and make lots of money. The federal bureau of Narcotics and Denver Police Department were constantly fighting with such gangs and common people were finding them sandwiched between them. It led some people to initiate a movement for the decriminalization of Cannabis so that the illegal business will stop and our law agencies will be freed on catching a criminal. It will further demotivate the criminals to deal in cannabis as people will not purchase from them at high rates because they can purchase directly from a licensed store.