Though Colorado's Amendment 64 basically accomplished the same thing Washington's I-502 did - legalizing the possession and use of marijuana for adults (and also the limited home cultivation of the plant, something I-502 didn't do) - the amendment didn't provide the clear timeline that Washington's effort did.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper had been fairly non-committal when pressed on when he'd sign Amendment 64 into law, but, apparently, today's the day. As our sister paper the Denver Westword reports, Hickenlooper "quietly signed A64 into law" this morning, announcing as much via "a strangely worded" announcement.
From Michael Roberts at the Westword:
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.
We'll see if this tactic worked at Civic Center Park today around 4:20 p.m.
You can find the full story from the Westword here. While it's no doubt a celebratory (and red-eyed) day in the Mile High City and throughout Colorado, let us be the first to remind Colorado residents that they're late to the pot party. We've been smoking legal weed for, like, four whole days.