Amendment 64 is now law: Governor John Hickenlooper quietly signs measure

Ever since voters approved Amendment 64, Governor John Hickenlooper's office has been evasive about saying when he would ink the measure. But this morning, he quietly signed A64 into law -- an action followed by a strangely worded announcement on view below.

Whereas Initiative 502 in Washington state (the equivalent of Amendment 64 there) set a specific date -- December 6 -- for the proposal to take effect, Hickenlooper has implied that he might put his signature on the line that is dotted as late as early January. He took this course, presumably, to avoid a celebration like the midnight party at the Space Needle, when hundreds of Seattle residents blazed up in defiance of prohibitions against public consumption of weed.

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John Hickenlooper.
We'll see if this tactic worked at Civic Center Park today around 4:20 p.m.

As for the announcement itself, the press release announcing the signing was so obtuse that it required a couple of calls on our part to confirm that A64 is now the law of the state. The opening passage begins: "Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed an Executive Order that makes an 'official declaration of the vote' related to Amendment 64. That declaration formalizes the amendment as part of the state Constitution and makes legal the personal use, possession and limited home-growing of marijuana under Colorado law for adults 21 years of age and older."

When asked if there's a distinction between signing the "official declaration of the vote" and signing the amendment itself, Hickenlooper spokesman Eric Brown responded via e-mail that the actions are "one in the same. Language in state law requires an 'official declaration of the vote' before taking effect. Governor signed that proclamation this morning."

Also included in the press release is a list of members assigned to a task force that will guide Amendment 64's implementation, and you can bet there'll be controversy about it. The list is dominated by elected officials and bureaucrats -- and while a few folks from the campaign and other pro-marijuana-reform groups are included, others taking part include Dr. Christian Thurstone, perhaps the most prominent medical professional in the state when it comes to identifying and decrying the negative health impacts of marijuana, particularly on young people of the sort who are expressly banned from using pot under A64.

We'll get into those issues down the line. Meanwhile (update), here's a statement from Amendment 64 proponent Mason Tvert -- not a member of the task force:

"This is a truly historic day. From this day forward, adults in Colorado will no longer be punished for the simple use and possession of marijuana. We applaud Gov. Hickenlooper for issuing this declaration in a timely fashion, so that adult possession arrests end across the state immediately.

"We look forward to working with the governor's office and many other stakeholders on the implementation of Amendment 64. We are certain that this will be a successful endeavor and Colorado will become a model for other states to follow."

Continue to read the A64 release and proclamation.


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Tommy James
Tommy James

I just got high with Hickenlooper himself.

Mitch Siff
Mitch Siff

Helping friends set up grow rooms.

ryan.nino303
ryan.nino303

Stoners are comedy for the masses. It is a big step for the marijuana community, but I think what is most important is that people are able to vote for something and whether or not the government agrees the people have spoken. That is what is most awesome about this amendment being passed. The will of the people.

What is this going to change? People are still going to find a way to abuse it like the mmj industry. Oh there is no legal places to buy pot...Ill have a friend go to the dispensory for me like I have been doing for years. Oh I get stopped by the cops with less than an ounce, awesome now I dont get stupid fine. Nothing is really going to change that much.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I just burned a doob'.

SOMEONE CALL AN AMBULANCE !!!

bugsycook
bugsycook

I can see the Occupy Denver Anarchists/Libertarian morons are out in force. Corey Donahue , last I heard, is in hiding in  Mexico seeking asylum in Bolivia because he was FTA on the day of sentencing for his sex offense.  Sounds to me like he is trying to incite trouble from afar as he would be quickly arrested out in front of the city jail as he is well known to the DPD and Denver Sheriff personnel. Doubt very very much he is back in town, if so, he is the impetuous moron we all know him to be. Drinking in public is against the law, so is dope smoking, so go home stoners, order a pizza, put on a movie and enjoy at home, later.

Monkey
Monkey

Iv'e been smoking recreational weed all day, and it feels just like medicinal weed. I'm not sure it's working right, I thought recreational weed would be way funner. Oh well, Ill keep trying.

Yup.
Yup.

Seth Brigham is Donkey. Dude is a psycho.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Actually, from what I've been told, it's illegal to sell, not buy (as it has been.) Possession itself, was another issue (illegal.)

Stephen At Half Aspen
Stephen At Half Aspen

Most won't celebrate at all. They're adults. Sure, there's your typical stoners who will undoubtedly spark up in public and rightfully end up in handcuffs but for most, it's of little consequence. People have been smoking regardless of the law for decades. No difference.

zg420
zg420

Serouly donkey get a life man all you do is troll westword and talk shit... go do some sit ups or get a fucking hobby instead of playing mr google master over here you post on everthing man seriously you could of accomplished some pretty impressive shit in the time you spend TROLLING.  Nobody gives a shit what you think.

bugsycook
bugsycook

@DonkeyHotay High school Prom USA: Breaking News! Someone spiked punch with Everclear! Scores sent to detox with Jungle-juice poisoning. The Principle and Head Coach are investigating! Perps were said to have worn Brylcream and rolled up T-shirt sleeves. ....More breaking News at 8pm.....

ryan.nino303
ryan.nino303

@Monkey Seriously, I feel like Im taking crazy pills. The only difference is that non-card carry people dont get tickets.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Don't make light of rape by referring to drugging as rape. They should be required to make their victims whole. A rapist cannot make his victim whole.

orson
orson

@Cognitive_Dissident   

Please...go buy an ounce of marijuana on the street in front of a police officer and tell me how it goes.

marlarobbinson
marlarobbinson

@zg420 I'm new here but have been wondering is there any way to block him (I assume) out? 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@zg420  ... yet here you are, reading my posts .... again.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ryan.nino303 @Monkey 

Except for EVERYONE under 21 years old ... who were deliberately excluded from ANY protection under A64.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... so neither can someone who VIOLATES another person by dosing them with psychotropic drugs against their will or knowledge.

anons1234
anons1234

@marlarobbinson @zg420 I don't think there's a way to block.. I've looked... wish there was.. He basically ruins any discussion with a awkward agenda.

zg420
zg420

@marlarobbinson @zg420 i wish i could block casue this guy has issues... litterally you can go back to every post since july of 2011 and this guy does this to everyone. its pathetic must be the only way he sleeps at night

dm_co
dm_co

@DonkeyHotay @zg420 I remember you have a good analogy for this Donkey, something along the lines of moths and their attraction to bright light. 

zg420
zg420

@DonkeyHotay @zg420 not like i have a fucking choice your bullshit is littered on this fucking website!

ryan.nino303
ryan.nino303

@DonkeyHotay @ryan.nino303 @Monkey Hotay, I cant really speak on that because I am 29 and haven't really given much thought to people under 21 because it wouldnt effect me, but it my understanding that A64 will be like alcohol so ya, under 21 denied. But maybe you will be able to get a fake ID and purchase just like alcohol.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@orson You volunteer to be the seller, and we're good to go!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@iWannaTalkToSampson @marlarobbinson @RichDenver88 @anons1234 @zg420 

Slacker losers like you lack the basic self-discipline necessary to simply ignore my posts ... in fact you lying limp-wristed milquetoasts don't even have the honesty to admit that one of the main reasons you visit these blogs is to read MY posts -- in spite of your pathetic protestations to the contrary.

You ignorant fucktards didn't even read A64 ... yet you read my posts over and over again.

How stupid is that?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RichDenver88 "We do have the option of complaining directly to Westword"

Like the whining cunt that you are.

Or you could exercise some self-fucking-control and simply not read my posts, you pathetic zit-faced nose-picking bong-sucking stoner.

iWannaTalkToSampson
iWannaTalkToSampson

@marlarobbinson @RichDenver88 @anons1234 @zg420 

I think the only thing we can do is continue our sensible discussions and comment posts while ignoring the troll in the room. It can definitely be hard to resist responding to a determined troll such as Donkey but I think we end up losing if we no longer post comments or continue to respond to the insults

marlarobbinson
marlarobbinson

@RichDenver88 @anons1234 @marlarobbinson @zg420It appears that complaints do little in the way of good in curbing Donkey's insulting, unwarranted and aggressive behavior towards others around here. Shame that the moderators (if they are any) at Westword  look the other way.

RichDenver88
RichDenver88

@anons1234 @marlarobbinson @zg420 We do have the option of complaining directly to Westword, regarding the clearly abusive behavior of DonkeyHotay.  Opining is one thing.  Direct verbal assaults are another.  I suspect I'll receive some petty, juvenile disparaging reply from that him/her but I don't care.  Without the shield of anonymity, this person would not dare to directly verbally assault others here or anywhere on line.   

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@anons1234 "I don't think there's a way to block.. I've looked"

LOL! ... so are alien pot-monsters controlling your eyes?

HipTip: if you don't want to read my posts ... then DON'T READ them.

hth.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@zg420  ... The Omnipotence of the Donkey is incontrovertible! .... behold as I FORCE THE WORLD to read my posts ...

... and you will KNOW my Name is The LORD when I lay my Vengeance upon thee !!

zg420
zg420

and you used my quote out of context.... it would work if the original wasnt above it saying that you force us by SPAMMING!

using a quote out of context to benifit your comment= weak bro you need a new hobby.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@zg420 "Specificly you are forcing the world to read your shit"

You = Epic Loser

zg420
zg420

@DonkeyHotay @zg420 @marlarobbinson 

Specificly you are forcing the world to read your shit by SPAMMING its hard not to read your shit when every single page or artice has your dumb ass comments on them. so again

Specificly you are indirectly making us read your post by filling quality comments with your troll bullshit every fucking day! get a a fucking life...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@zg420 @marlarobbinson 

Losers with NO self-control.

Tell us again, who's forcing you to read -- much less reply to -- my posts?

Be specific.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay @marlarobbinson  

Might I suggest the Post, Marla . They will edit for you .

Only those who share their opinions are permitted to blog .

Otherwise, isn't there an 'uncle' waiting to complete your photo session ?...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@gustavo.picciuto "I stopped reading his B.S. a long time ago Marla."

You're lying again Gustavo ... you habitually read nearly every one of my posts ... as you have done again today.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@zg420  ... keep reading ... and replying to ... my posts.

OCD much?

zg420
zg420

you are only proving my point man keep on going!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@zg420  ... poor little stoner who's "forced" to read thing he doesn't want to read.

Boo fucking hoo ...

zg420
zg420

for the last time..... its really hard not to with all the bullshit you spam you asked for specifics i gave them you fucking lose.. you can have the last word cas im actually gonna go live and do something productive

zg420
zg420

and the likes seem to be piling on take a fucking hint loser

gustavo.picciuto
gustavo.picciuto

@zg420 @DonkeyHotay Don't waste your time with him bro, he's a waste of space and a die hard bigot. He wouldn't know the truth if God himself spoke it to him. Let him pretend he's a big shot in front of his computer that's probably all he's got in life. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@zg420 = closeted homo who rolls around on the floor with other sweaty men.

zg420
zg420

@DonkeyHotay come by my jiujitsu academy ill show you my self control... 10200 E Girard Ave unit d

since my skills are not just limited to being a keyboard warrior.

@DonkeyHotay = typical know it all... seriously get a life man you must be lonely as fuck

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@zg420 = typical loser-slacker-stoner, zero self-control.

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