On the first day of 2014, if you are in Colorado, and are 21 years of age or older, you can go to a store and buy up to an ounce of marijuana, just like you can buy alcohol in a liquor store. There are MJ products such as edibles and extracts on sale too.
My acquaintances who live in other states have questions about just how this is happening, and this uncertainty has been reflected, within the state as well, by the lengthy conversations Colorado residents have had with themselves. The Colorado legislature was tasked with figuring out how to tax, how to regulate the production, the wholesaling and the retailing of a product that nowhere else in the world had ever been institutionalized formally by government authority . . . “legalized” not just de facto “decriminalized”.
“Legalizing” marijuana and MJ products was the result of the passage of a ballot measure in 2012 known as “Amendment 64” to the Colorado State Constitution. When the Governor signed the law, it immediately meant that you could legally possess MJ and grow up to six plants for personal use. BUT regulating the SALE of MJ was targeted to January 1st, 2014.
The Legislature left a lot of regulatory discretion to municipalities, and Counties, so the number of retail stores is currently limited.
I’m writing this to entertain questions/comments. I’m no expert, but I have followed the process with interest.