Legalization of Cannabis in Colorado

The prop that made cannabis legal. ~Photo courtesy of CNN

The proposition that made cannabis legal.
(Photo courtesy of CNN)

A bill that legalizes the recreational use of cannabis (marijuana), which was passed in 2012, has been put into action since Wednesday Jan 2, 2014.

According to CNN, the bill allows Colorado residents, 21 and older, to buy up to an ounce of cannabis from legal dispensaries, and U.S. citizens from other states can buy up to a quarter ounce.

The first person to purchase recreational cannabis, an Iraq war veteran, described his purchase as a “historical moment.”

Sean Azzariti, war vet, being the first to purchase legal cannabis. ~Photo courtesy of Business Insider

Sean Azzariti, war vet, being the first to purchase legal cannabis.
(Photo courtesy of Business Insider)

For the past several decades cannabis has been unjustly smeared as a deadly drug, and has been grouped together with hard drugs such as heroin, meth, and cocaine, even though there is not a single documented case of someone dying from cannabis use.

Cannabis has shown that it can do a vast amount of good in the medical community, from helping with pain and aches, to helping people manage pain that results from the deadly diseases like cancer and AIDS.

The cannabis plant. ~Photo courtesy of CNN.

The cannabis plant.
(Photo courtesy of CNN)

Cannabis has been legalized for medical uses in several states, and with it now being legalized for recreational use in Colorado, many States might soon follow suit.

The legalization of cannabis in Colorado truly is a historical moment, it shows that the country is slowly progressing.

According to CNN the first buyer of legal cannabis stated, “this is what we worked so hard for the last few years […] its mind-blowing.”

People waiting in the snow to purchase cannabis. ~Photo courtesy of CNN.

People waiting in the snow to purchase cannabis.
(Photo courtesy of CNN)

Every cannabis dispensary in Colorado had lines going around the block Wednesday. Even with the ridiculously long lines that day, no problems or fights broke out, everyone waited patiently. A women waiting in one of the many lines stated, “Everybody is cool and mellow and nice. So it’s all good.”

People waiting in line to purchase cannabis. ~Photo courtesy of CNN

People waiting in line to purchase cannabis.
(Photo courtesy of CNN)

Denver’s mayor said that day,  “I want to thank the businesses and consumers alike for acting responsibly and with great accountability today […] Denver is a progressive city, a vibrant city, and it’s incumbent on all of us to continue getting this right.”

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