Historic 4/20: Colorado Voters Have Chance to End Marijuana Prohibition
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The year 2012 also marks 95 years of marijuana prohibition in Colorado. Colorado first prohibited the substance in 1917 when divisive politics concerning long-time Spaniard families attempting to distance themselves from Mexican migrants provided initial political capital for the state to prohibit marijuana. This near-century of prohibition has amounted to a colossal waste of lives and public resources that waste law enforcement resources and enrich large scale traffickers.
It’s time to end nearly a century of marijuana prohibition in Colorado. This policy has failed as badly as alcohol Prohibition. And the common-sense solution is the same: regulate it.
Art Way is Colorado manager for the Drug Policy Alliance.