Marijuana Debate Examines Colorado Measure

September 26, 2012 3:38 PM

Marijuana Debate Examines Colorado Measure
" DENVER (AP) – Marijuana legalization debates in Colorado are picking up as the state moves closer to a vote on making the drug legal for recreational use.

Several marijuana debates were planned this week, from Denver to Littleton and Fort Collins. The legalization measure already has been debated in Grand Junction.

Colorado is one of three states considering ballot measures to legalize pot without a doctor’s recommendation. Colorado is one of 17 states that already defy federal drug law and allow marijuana use for people with certain medical conditions.

On Wednesday, a debate at the University of Denver drew former Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck against a drafter of Colorado’s marijuana measure. Brian Vicente, an attorney who helped write Colorado’s pot proposal, argued marijuana prohibition has been as flawed as alcohol Prohibition was.

“We believe that the government’s wrong on drugs, and specifically, the war on marijuana hasn’t worked,” Vicente said.

Buck countered that marijuana legalization would make it easier for kids to get pot, even though marijuana would be legal only for adults over 21.

“The downside to legalizing marijuana is, it becomes more available … for younger people,” said Buck, who is Weld County district attorney "

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