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If marijuana were legal …

Charlie Butts   ( Friday, November 02, 2012

Colorado is one of three states considering an initiative to legalize recreational use of marijuana, and one opponent warns about the repercussions of approving such a measure.

The Centennial State's proposal would amend the constitution to allow people to smoke, possess, sell, transport and grow marijuana. Ben Cort, a spokesman for the No on 64 campaign, says the greatest harm will be an increased use of the drug by youth -- a reality contrary to the argument from proponents that it will be controlled, sold from behind the counter, and that youngsters will have to show proof of age to purchase the drug.

"That's something that has not worked with alcohol and tobacco," Cort notes. "Kids are going to look at weed differently, and it's going to be cheaper. It's going to be more readily accessible, and they're not going to think it's harmful. So, kids are going to get high."

He adds that amending the Colorado Constitution would make it more difficult to make changes when the state discovers approving this initiative was a mistake. Moreover, he believes Colorado would be the marijuana capital of the nation.

"This has no residency requirement, and a year from now, if we decide that it was a big mistake and we should have put [that requirement] in, we can't add it," the No on 64 spokesman offers. "So, yeah -- folks are going to be coming from all over the nation not just to use Colorado as a destination for the user; people are going to be buying their weed here and transporting out."

Cort contends the only ones who stand to gain from Amendment 64's approval will be the lawyers who take up lawsuits over the measure, and retailers, who stand to make millions.

Similar ballot initiatives are also to be decided Tuesday in Oregon and Washington.

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