Marijuana Now Legal in 2 States: 8 Things You Should Know Before You Light Up (VIDEO)

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marijuanaDuuude! Did you hear? Marijuana is legal in Colorado now! Like, legal legal, not just medical-legal. You can smoke it for fun now and you don't even need a prescription. Washington state legalized recreational marijuana, too.

Yes Nancy Botwin, it's for real. But listen up. I don't want to harsh anyone's mellow here but Colorado is not going all Pineapple Express overnight. There are a few rules. Hey, over here! Read these rules first before you light up. Maybe post them on your bag of cheese doodles so you can remember.

In Colorado it was Amendment 64. In Washington it was Initiative 502. SOMEHOW, a similar law failed in Oregon. Sorry, Portland.

You still have to wait for the respective governors to certify these election results before you can legally smoke up. Probably a month's wait. I know! Just hang in there.

You can only smoke in private. You can't light up at ball games, at the park, or at a concert at Red Rocks. I know a lot of you are already doing those things anyway, but just so you know? Still not legal there.

You can only buy and/or smoke one ounce at a time. Don't be greedy.

You can grow up to six marijuana plants in your own backyard. But not in the community garden. Don't do that.

It's legal to purchase, but as with alcohol, you must be at least 21 years old. And you can only purchase it from authorized stores.

Colorado will be taxing the sale of marijuana and sending the revenue to boost schools -- to the tune of $40 million a year. So now you can say smoking up is great for school!

Marijuana is still banned by federal law and in every other state, so careful when you light up around Four Corners.

Now let's enjoy a little song by John Denver.

What do you think about Colorado and Washington legalizing recreational marijuana?


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Autum... Autumnleaves87

I am a citizen of WA state and let me tell you.. this article is just annoying and very misinformed.

I am a supporter of the legalization of marijuana (and voted for it), not because I want to "light up duuuuude" and eat a bag of "cheese doodles".

I support to decriminalize the use of small amounts to make sure these non violent offenders who are caught with the harmless drug stay out of our jails and prisons.

I support taking the money and effort used by the government to catch these so called "criminals", and putting it towards other cash strapped programs that will greater benefit my community.

I support regulating and taxing marijuana and using that tax revenue to invest in schools and in our children's futures.

I'm sick of news stations and talk shows and blogs like this one making stupid comments about "lightin it up duuuuuude". Some people, myself included, actually voted for these initiatives for other reasons!

Katie Hesney Johnson

I'm glad the taxes will be going to the schools. I hope they'll be able to bring back some art and music courses, as well.  

Maevelyn Maevelyn

I think this is a step in the right direction. In Colorado and Washington police will no longer have to wast their time, money and occasionally thier lives chasing down ciriminals who wish to profit off of a prohibited plant


nonmember avatar Greg Barber

Love it!! I'm 62 and if you only knew.

tbruc... tbrucemom

As an advocate for state's rights, which ironically is a big Republican issue and these states are democratic, I support this amendment. However, it is still against federal law so I wouldn't be out buying any bongs just yet.  This may be one of those issues where federal law will supercede state law.

Nunya... NunyaBizness

These two states got it right. Good for them! No more clogging their justice systems and prisons with harmless lovers of chronic. Taxing the sales is the best plan EVER. I am so glad that they will have money for their schools now. If this was done nationally, in conjunction with higher taxes on the wealthy, it would make an enormous impact and help pay for so many things.

doodledo doodledo

It's about time. Hopefully the rest of the country will soon follow.

we2an... we2angels

Um we're in a recession, broke and Obama got reelected... No one is going to have money for that stuff here in Colorado!, it's going to be taxed three times before the consumer gets it. Glad the police can do other things now but seriously... Pot?

cleig... cleigh717

Woop woop! Vacation in Colorado!

nonmember avatar Sarah

The way I see it, people that are going to smoke will do it anyway. Might as well have the government regulate and make money off of it just like they do cigarettes and alcohol. The amount of money we spend to throw people in jail over small amounts of marijuana is ridiculous.

Also, this is a step in the right direction toward making our country's borders safer. Hopefully will cut down on the violence with the Mexican cartel.

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