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Amendment 64 could reduce arrests for marijuana possession by some ten thousand annually, say advocates of the initiative.
DENVER, CO (Catholic Online) - In what may be a legal reform that is being watched across the country, Amendment 64 would legalize possession of marijuana if the amount possessed is under one ounce. The measure would effectively legalize marijuana in the state.
The measure has support from libertarians, the drug legalization lobby, and several minority advocacy groups who say the arrests unfairly target minority demographics.
Supporters even claim that minister Pat Robertson supports the measure, posting a billboard with his image. However, Robertson has not actually endorsed the measure and the billboard has come down.
Opponents of the amendment say the law would jeopardize public safety and could make drugs ubiquitous among residents, including teens and kids.
The US Justice Department may sue the state if the amendment passes.
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