National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Congratulations Colorado for leading the World in Ending Marijuana Prohibition
December 28, 2013--As we approach the historic first day of legal recreational marijuana sales in the world, Colorado NORML would like to congratulate the people of Colorado for wisely choosing freedom over prohibition with the passage of Amendment 64. Thanks to the voters of Colorado, as of January 1, 2014, adults 21 years of age and older will be able to legally purchase marijuana from one of Colorado’s licensed retail marijuana stores.
On January 1st, Colorado’s licensed medical marijuana stores will begin transitioning to recreational sales. Because not all medical marijuana stores will have their recreational marijuana license, Colorado NORML has compiled a list of Retail Marijuana Stores expected to be open for business on January 1. Please check the Colorado NORML website at www.coloradonorml.org for the most up-to-date list of state and locally licensed retail stores.
As the cannabis consumers’ advocacy group, Colorado NORML is looking forward to Coloradans and visitors celebrating this historic moment with us. We'd like to remind all cannabis consumers that the eyes of the world are on Colorado, so please use and enjoy marijuana responsibly. For tips on the responsible use of marijuana in Colorado, please see “The Responsible Cannabis Consumer’s Guide to Marijuana”. This informational brochure was a joint effort of ten marijuana advocacy groups and can be found at www.coloradonorml.org/recreational-marijuana.
We would like to remind consumers that it is illegal to drive while impaired for any reason in Colorado. To help consumers gauge their impairment, Colorado NORML Board Member Lenny Frieling with Marc Silverman has developed a FREE “Walk or Drive” app for your iPhone. Walk or Drive helps responsible people quickly, privately and accurately determine their impairment level prior to driving.
The passage of Amendment 64 is just the beginning---we still have tremendous work to do to ensure that responsible cannabis consumers continue to have a voice in our state houses and halls of justice. Please check out Colorado NORML’s “14 Legislative Priorities in 2014” on our website to see what we'll be working on in the coming year.
Despite Colorado’s historic moment, we must remember that marijuana remains illegal under Federal law and, sadly, the Federal Government continues to deny the obvious medicinal value of the cannabis plant. We continue to call on the Federal Government and Congress to reschedule marijuana under a more appropriate classification within the Controlled Substances Act. We encourage everyone on this historic day to contact the President and their US Congress-person immediately and without delay, and ask them to end the failed Drug War, reschedule marijuana, and allow the commercial production of hemp across the United States.
Rachel K. Gillette, Esq., Exec. Dir., firstname.lastname@example.org 303-578-6848
Leonard Frieling, Esq., Spokesperson, Lfrieling@lfrieling.com 303-666-4064
Sean T. McAllister, Esq., Spokesperson, email@example.com 720-722-0048
Colorado NORML is the official State Chapter of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws. Since its founding in 1970, NORML has provided a voice in the public policy debate for those Americans who oppose marijuana prohibition and favor an end to the practice of arresting marijuana smokers. A non-profit public-interest advocacy group, NORML represents the interests of the millions of Americans who smoke marijuana responsibly.