Amendment 64 has allowed Coloradans greater recreation freedom when it comes to marijuana, even though it's still a controlled substance at the federal level. As is well known at this point, this has led to a number of challenges in the state. Colorado's position puts its new approach up against a black market that drives marijuana sales in other states. Many out of state residents have moved here and been arrested for large scale farms that take advantage of the situation.
Going off to college is an exciting time in a young person's life. For many, it's fast paced and full of first-time experiences - living apart from mom and dad, making new friends and being held accountable for school and work. But this freedom and independence comes with higher standards of personal responsibility. Even a single lapse in judgment can lead to a serious run in with the law and school authorities.
As one of the first states to decriminalize private marijuana use, Colorado has blazed the way for legalized marijuana, no pun intended. Even though it has been over a year since Colorado voters first approved Amendment 64, the state and local communities are still trying to figure out exactly what the amendment means. And while they wait, there is the possibility that individuals who believe they are complying with the rules may be arrested and charged with drug crimes. Until there is utter clarity on what is and what is not illegal under the amendment, there may be individuals charged with marijuana crimes.