A ballot proposal in Colorado that will likely make it on the November ballot is aimed at legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana in the State by likening it to alcohol.
The ballot provision asks voters to decide if marijuana should be legalized in small amounts and law enforcement “regulate it like alcohol,” according to The New York Times.
“Why add another vice, right?” said Mason Tvert, a co-director of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, which has led the ballot drive. “But we’re not adding a vice; we’re providing an alternative.”
Supporters of the measure say that it will make communities safer by eliminating a thriving underground drug market.
The ballot proposal echoes sentiments of the Ron Paul Presidential campaign regarding State control of drug laws rather than Federal laws. Paul has called the war on drugs a “total failure” and last November made a connection between drugs and alcohol similar to that of the Colorado advocates.
“Why don’t we handle the drugs like we handle alcohol?” Paul asked. “Alcohol is a deadly drug.”