Lost in the commotion over President Obama's reelection: Colorado Amendment 64 legalized marijuana in the Rocky Mountain State on Election Day.
Yes ... the term "Rocky Mountain High" just took on a new meaning.
Amendment 64, a measure seeking the legalization of marijuana for recreational use by adults, was passed by Colorado voters in a statewide reefer-endum (sorry).
This makes Colorado the first U.S. state to end marijuana prohibition.
Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, a vocal opponent to the bill to legalize pot, reacted to the passage of A64 in a statement late Tuesday night:
"The voters have spoken and we have to respect their will."
"This will be a complicated process, but we intend to follow through. That said, federal law still says marijuana is an illegal drug so don’t break out the Cheetos or Goldfish too quickly."
Indeed, the passage of the state measure is without historical precedent and the consequences and implementation will likely be closely-watched around the world.
Although Colorado "legalized it," it will be several months, perhaps as long as a year, before Colorado adults over the age of 21 can enjoy the legal sale of marijuana.
It is unclear how the amendment's passage will be reconciled with existing federal law, or how the drug will be legally sold and regulated in the state.
What do you think? Is legalization of marijuana a good idea?