A 54% vote in favor of legalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults in Denver, Colorado may give new meaning to the city’s nickname as the Mile High city. Under the new measure, anyone over the age of 21 could legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana for personal use (via Catallarchy).
The group backing the legalization — SAFER, or Safer Alternatives For Enjoyable Recreation — argued that legalizing marijuana would reduce consumption of alcohol, which campaign organizer Mason Tvert said leads to higher rates of car accidents, domestic and street violence and crime. Opponents such as Mayor John Hickenlooper, were criticized for protecting alcohol consumption and their ties to the alcohol industry (Hickenlooper owns a popular brewpub).
While the measure passing is to be commended, and shows that there is popular support for ending the war on drugs, pragmatists pointed out that most possession charges are filed on the state and federal level, outside the jurisdiction of Denver municipal courts.
Still, high fives to Denver residents for voting for what they believe in and not buying into the reefer madness hype.
Update: Last One Speaks has a link to an incredibly tempered Fox News video clip.