Duuude! 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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