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With just hours before polling places open for Election Day, advocates for the legalization of marijuana in Colorado got some good news from Public Policy Polling about the popularity of Amendment 64, a ballot measure which seeks to regulate marijuana like alcohol, on Monday.

According to PPP, 52 percent of voters support Amendment 64 while only 44 percent are opposed to the measure leaving the state "set to legalize marijuana tomorrow," PPP's Tom Jensen writes about the results of their latest survey.

Washington state also looks set to legalize adults making their own decision whether or not to use this God-given plant.

I have worked in one way or another my whole adult life for tomorrow.  I won't talk about what the feds will or won't do after this happens tomorrow:  I have one word for all that silly talk....


8:49 PM PT: I wanted to mention.  To honor this huge milestone in the epic fight for civil liberties in the world, I will be out tomorrow driving voters to the polls.  This will be a first for me, I am ashamed to say.  I have been too angry about this or that issue, particularly the issue of civil liberties, to get out the vote for Democrats but I have always voted for the Democrats (well almost always).  We will be the change.  Let's get the voters out tomorrow!!!

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  •  Legal Cannabis in Colorado (12+ / 0-)

    I voted in favor of FREEDOM. Free the plant, free the people. Jah Live.

    "Political ends as sad remains will die." - YES 'And You and I' ; -8.88, -9.54

    by US Blues on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 08:26:47 PM PST

  •  What the hell? Congratulations! (9+ / 0-)

    There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

    by oldpotsmuggler on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 08:36:26 PM PST

  •  In the fine print on the amendment language (3+ / 0-)
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    Colorado would be agreeing to re-name Trailridge Road Puff-Puff Pass.

    No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.

    by Magster on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 08:42:41 PM PST

  •  I too have been working for this... (7+ / 0-)

    for the past 40 years. I lived in California in 1972 when proposition 19 was on the ballot to regulate, control and tax marijuana. It went down in defeat 53.5 to 46.5. I still have the t-shirt supporting proposition 19 that I proudly wore during those times.

    I was convinced after that defeat that it would only be a few more years before Americans tired of throwing their own citizens in jail for a victimless crime. Little did I know that we would still be having the same arguments 40 years later.

    I still have that t-shirt and vowed to wear it again when marijuana was finally legalized. Sadly, it's stuck in a box in storage and out of reach. I wouldn't be able to wear it now anyway. It's just a few sizes too small.

    Tomorrow will be a special day for me. 40 years is a damn long time to wait for something I've felt so passionate about for all those years. I look forward to rolling up a fat one tomorrow while I celebrate the re-election of President Obama and finally see the end of the most damaging act of prohibition to be inflicted on the people of our country.

    Nearly 900,000 people in this country are arrested every year. That's 900,000 lives and families destroyed, not by marijuana, but by the draconian laws used to punish them. Since 1970, more than 21.5 million of our American citizens have had their lives turned upside down due to a simple plant.

    I've waited a long time for this!! After 40 years, it's hard to believe it is finally happening!

    Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

    by reflectionsv37 on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 08:45:50 PM PST

    •  Thank you (5+ / 0-)

      for fighting the good fight! And keeping on, and keeping on. We're seeing the fruits of all that time invested in finally the first southern state to seek medical marijuana -- Arkansas.

      Last poll I saw it was dead even. Lots of the old lies being put forth, but I think the people know better now. If not, we'll go again. Wish I'd used it with my mom's Alzheimer's, one of the uses specified in the Arkansas' "Compassionate Care Act."

      Fingers crossed!

      "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

      by cotterperson on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 09:02:10 PM PST

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    •  thank you to all you trailblazers (6+ / 0-)

      from the late 50s, 60s and 70s who led America out of a dark era of fascist thinking which afflicts us to this day.  

      what happened during that time is still influencing events around the world today, currently with the arab spring.

      the fascists aren't taking it lying down though so we must remain vigilant.

      it was a messy process to get here, what with hard drug use and cartels and whatnot, but with legalized non-toxic marijuana driving down hard and soft drug use rates, as seen in european countries that have de-facto legalized, why would any person need harder stuff to purge the demons?  

      cheers to you all.

      Stop Prohibition, Start Harm Reduction

      by gnostradamus on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 09:02:59 PM PST

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    •  It was the arrests (5+ / 0-)

      that finally got Arkansas to up the standards to >4 oz with a fine and no jail time at the discretion of the judge. It was part of "prison reform" enacted quietly. It's clearly working, as I see from reading the local arrests. Marijuana usually a fine, y no mas. It's 'way past time!

      Send some good medical marijuana vibes to Arkansas for our vote tomorrow, OK?

      Again, thank you for your dedication this important cause.

      "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

      by cotterperson on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 09:11:01 PM PST

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      •  Two folks near to (3+ / 0-)
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        nirbama, cotterperson, splashy

        me who can legally vote in Arkansas have already endorsed Prop. 5.  My dear friend justasabeverage here on Kos says that it will go down around 53 to 37 is optimistic that it is the first foot in the door.

        Warmest regards,


        I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

        by Translator on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 09:14:05 PM PST

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    •  Your memory is a bit hazy (1+ / 0-)
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      Having never heard of Proposition 19 before, I was surprised to hear marijuana legalization was that close in 1972. But your recollection isn't accurate. Proposition 19 lost by 2-1.

      The initiative was defeated by the voters with 66.5% No votes to 33.5% Yes votes.
      Wikipedia: California Proposition 19 (1972)

      I couldn't understand why if the ballot intative only lost by 7 points it wouldn't have been tried again for another 40 years. Losing by 33 points makes much more sense.

    •  Actually, you just mixed the dates (4+ / 0-)

      Proposition 19 was also the name of the recent marijuana legalization effort in 2010.

      It was the one that lost 53.5 to 46.5. In 1972, Proposition 19, also to legalize marijuana, lost 66.5 to 33.5.

      Glad I could clear that up!

  •  Wow hope it happens (6+ / 0-)

    I am in WA and its suppose to happen here too. It sure would help to have more than one state when we gear up for fight with feds over it.

    I still believe hemp is the way to start, start making things with it. What are the feds going to say?

    •  If the vote today goes in favor (0+ / 0-)

      of The People, not much will they say.

      Warmest regards,


      I would rather die from the acute effects of a broken heart than from the chronic effects of an empty heart. Copyright, Dr. David W. Smith, 2011

      by Translator on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 09:15:01 PM PST

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  •  I'm here in Oregon (3+ / 0-)

    I'm hoping we pass our ballot measure too for the trifecta, but we're probably the least likely of the three to pass it tomorrow. I guess we'll find out!

  •  Congratulations! You have already won so much, (1+ / 0-)
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    Carol in San Antonio

    wow what an impossible dream coming true. Schedule one is a federal disgrace,  and you are helping to tear it down. Great job!

    "But Brandine, you're supposed to be in Iraq stopping 911!"

    by leftyguitarist on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 09:19:48 PM PST

  •  how close is oregon's legalization measure? (0+ / 0-)

    any chance of a 3 for 3?

  •  Regulate marijuana like alcohol (2+ / 0-)
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    nogo postal, splashy

    This is the path to legalization. The title and content of the Colorado amendment were hotly debated within the pro-pot community. Some feel that it does not go far enough with regard to freedom, but I think that keeping the existing DUI driving penalties in place is the way to go.

    Key aspects of the amendment are ...

    Any jurisdiction can forbid the sale of pot in their jurisdiction.

    You can't consume pot in public.

    You can possess or grow a small amount of pot.

    You can be arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.

    Sales of pot will be taxed by the state.

    Additionally, neighboring states, e.g. Wyoming will be vigilant with regard to DUI drivers coming across their border from Colorado.

    The Feds probably will not interfere with Colorado because any Colorado jurisdiction can forbid or control pot sales themselves.

  •  Voted against (0+ / 0-)

    Given a choice, I dont think introducing yet another drug is a good thing.  If we could go back in time and make sure alcohol was never "invented" it would be a good thing.  If we could go back in time and wipe out canabis, poppies and coca, it would be a good thing.  

    64 is going to pass and its going to be a mess.

    It is well that war is so terrible -- lest we should grow too fond of it. Robert E. Lee

    by ksuwildkat on Mon Nov 05, 2012 at 10:38:51 PM PST

    •  introducing a new drug? (3+ / 0-)
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      splashy, LucidObfuscator, rat racer

      I had my first joint at the Denver Family Dog at the Doors NYE show in 1967 during my senior year in H.S. The first month I could get a MM card I got one...
      Outside of military I have lived in Colorado 58 of my 62 years...
      Outside of chosen CD my only criminal record are 3 pot busts..
      I have had friends spend months in County jail for an oz...

      How big of a mess is MM? ah none.
      If we could back in time? ah but we can't..
      It is time to stop giving Colorado citizens a criminal record that fucks with their employment..It is time to stop police busting and arresting citizens of color many more times than us pale people...

      It is time to take a chunk of the profit that feed Denver Gangs..
      It is time to legalize it...

    •  Liquor was invented long ago (1+ / 0-)
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      Historians state the alembic was probably invented around AD 200 - 300 by Maria the Jewess, or Zósimo of Panoplies an Egyptian alchemist and his sister Theosebeia, who invented many types of stills and reflux condensers.

      It has medicinal properties too if you control your intake.

      The thing is, there are some things that are going to be done regardless of whether it's legal or not. With things like drug use, there are only three options:

      1. Have the government supply it, tax it, and use the proceeds to deal with the repercussions of that usage, if any.

      2. Have private enterprise supply it, tax it, and use the proceeds to deal with the repercussions of that usage, if any.

      3. Make it illegal, and have criminals and violent people supply it, with no taxes to deal with the repercussions of that usage, if any. This one promotes the most violence, and the worst problems, turning huge numbers into criminals for no good reason.

      Women create the entire labor force. Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

      by splashy on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 01:23:57 AM PST

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